Whether embracing it or reacting against it, the cocaine 80s are the moment that defined rap music. And as noticed lately, its the moment rappers keep re-living–whether they were born yet or not–from Kendrick Lamar to well, Cocaine 80s. Vh-1 recently re-lived the nightmare, too with an installment in their Rock Docs series called Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop & the Crack Generation. Ice T, Raekwon, Snoop Dogg, The RZA, Chuck D and a mess of other rappers are tapped to add depth to the story–not to mention the man who arguably sparked the crack epidemic all by himself, legendary dealer Freeway Ricky Ross (the real Ricky Ross). Which makes a lot of sense, for doc reasons as well as rock reasons. After all, a lot of this history can only be told by the people who were living it down here on the ground. It always bugs me out when I read some Harvard economist uncovering this ‘secret history’ and I’m like duh, you never heard a Beanie Sigel record? This is a full-length feature in two parts (part 2 after the jump) so it’s going to take a second to absorb but you can tell from jump street (so to speak) that it’s gonna go a little deeper than “The Fabulous Life of J-Lo,” say.
spotted at MWP