The team behind my favourite film on heavy metal is turning the tables with their new release, Hip Hop Evolution, which will premiere at the annual Hot Docs documentary film festival in April.
Banger Films Inc. co-founders Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen have teamed up with director Darby Wheeler to produce a timeline-focused documentary on the foundation of Hip Hop music. Banger is known for their work on Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, Global Metal and their VH1 series, Metal Evolution, which follows Dunn's anthropological study of heavy metal music in the form of a 'family tree,' documenting bands, sub-genres and the eras that defined them.
Hip-Hop Evolution will be led by Toronto-based, by way of London, ON, rapper, and CBC Q host Shad. He travels to the Bronx and Harlem to talk with hip hop’s progenitors including Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Chuck D, Ice-T, Rakim, LL Cool J, Ice Cube and others to trace the genre’s roots.
The first two episodes will screen at Hot Docs, while the remaining four parts will air on HBO in early summer 2016.
Darby Wheeler comments:
“The scope of the project was massive, and it was vital to us that hip-hop’s story was told by the people who were there,” Wheeler tells NOW. “So we’re really proud that we were able to land so many of the pioneers and innovators who created hip-hop. The process also uncovered some stories that have never received major attention.”
Be sure to check out the film at Hot Docs, which runs from April 28 to May 8, with screenings at various venues around the city.