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- Premiered: September 4, 2016
- Rating: None
- Premise: A four-part tutorial on the origins of hip-hop in 1970s New York City and how it developed over the next two decades features interviews with legendary MCs and rappers; and visits to iconic landmarks and neighborhoods. (more)