Planet Rock: Hip Hop & The Crack Generation


Anybody who grew-up in the 1980's undoubtedly knew of the connection between crack cocaine and hip-hop, and this VH-1 documentary explores/exploits the story from beginning to end. 

For me, there are several faces to hip-hop, especially when it comes to anything recorded between 1977 and 1989, the Golden Era as some would call it, however this documentary almost seems to imply that all of hip-hop was somehow inspired by the crack phenomenon of the 80's. I agree that there were thousands of anti-crack and crack-related tracks from that era, but I wouldn't go as far as saying that it shaped hip-hop into what it is today. Personally, I think greed and lack artistry made hip-hop what it is today, but then again, what do I know? Regardless of your opinion, regardless if you're East Coast or West Coast, old school or new school, and even if you already know the story, this is great doc for hip-hop cats and music historians alike.