Ice-T publicly vowed that he only does “important” projects. So the team at VH1 Rock Docs was pretty honored he got involved with our latest film, Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation. Narrated by Ice-T and filled with interviews from rappers like Snopp Dogg, RZA, Raekwon, Too Short and many more. The film draws out the connection between the drug economy in the inner cities and how pioneering rappers responded to the change in urban America, reflected it in their music and ultimately stopped glamorized it (for a time, anyhow.) And its an elegy of sorts for the crack generation, many African Americans are still incarcerated today under mandatory minimum sentencing laws that were disproportionate to similar crimes, like dealing powder cocaine. It’s a real thought provoking film whose many issues linger long after the credits roll. Check it out Sunday night September 18th at 10 pm on VH1.
And for New York City residents: the film will also play at the Urbanworld Film Festival Saturday September 19th at 9 pm at the AMC 34th Street Theater 11.