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PLAYSTATION 2 and Russell Simmons Join HIP-HOP Summit Action Network 2004

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Business mogul Russell Simmons has announced he will release a docu-series on the history of hip-hop, with production for the documentary being as early as the end of the year.

In a press release obtained by XXL Magazine, Russell Simmons revealed the below:

“Hip-hop began in the Bronx and Queens, and was fueled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways. The Definitive History of Hip Hop is the untold story of the birth of this art form–the series gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas—and the people—that so powerfully hit a chord with all of youth culture in America and around the world,”

(SIDEBAR: Hip-Hop “Hall of Famer” and New York native Ed Lover would like to make it clear that HE FEELS Hip-Hop started in the  BRONX only, and eventually filtered into Queens.)

Simmons continued:

“It starts with the OGs of this disruptive force in entertainment, spotlights some of the lesser known artists who’ve fallen out of history or favor, and of course looks at the icons who are now household names whether you’re in L.A. or London, Toledo or Tokyo.”


What do you think? Are you looking forward to Simmon’s coverage of the origins of hip-hop?