Questlove and Black Thought are Bringing 'Rap Yearbook' to TV
Shea Serrano’s critically-adored Rap Yearbook is jumping to the small screen with a little help from The Roots and Alex Gibney
In 2018, AMC will launch their new documentary series, Visionaries, an attempt to capture the untold histories of beloved cultures and genres of music, film, art and literature.
According to IndieWire, as part of AMC: Visionaries, The Roots‘ Black Thought and Questlove have been tapped to help bring an adaptation of Shea Serrano‘s smash hardcover, Rap Yearbook, to television. The series is slated to be directed by the prolific Alex Gibney, whose recent projects include an American Masters doc on Janis Joplin, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and HBO’s Scientology documentary, Going Clear. Each episode will center on a crucial cut, fleshed-out and contextualized by two of hip-hop’s greatest historians along with yet-to-be-revealed special guests.
The announcement arrives just days after the release of a new song from Philly’s hip-hop titans and will serve as the third Roots-assisted TV program in development for 2018, following the animated children’s series South Street Sounds and a still unnamed live-action show. Both shows are being developed for Amazon.
Hear The Roots new single with Bilal “It Ain’t Fair” in this week’s installment of The Round-Up below and hold tight as details on the new series arrive in the weeks and months ahead.