Twenty-five years after crack cocaine ravaged American cities, a new¬†VH1 Rock Doc¬†explores how the drug also transformed popular culture, especially hip-hop. The latest addition to the Emmy-winning franchise, “Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation” premieres Sunday,Narrated and executive produced by Ice-T, “Planet Rock” is the first documentary to focus specifically on the connections between crack and hip-hop. Based primarily on the first-person accounts of four famous dealers turned rappers, the film also widens its lens at times to show how crack changed America culturally, socially and politically.Using rare footage, photos, and animation, all set to the beats and rhymes of the iconic hip-hop tracks of the day, the documentary explores how media hysteria, racism and political reaction produced policies and laws that have left us with the largest — and most disproportionately African-American — prison population in the world.
Crack first appeared in the early 1980s, but by 1986, it was raging through the inner cities of America like wildfire, leaving pain, grief, and death in its wake.With candid, never-before-seen interviews from survivors, including Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RCA and Raekwon, “Planet Rock” looks at the hardships many young men had growing up in impoverished neighborhoods, which led many to deal crack cocaine as their only way out.¬†This destructive drug provided not only an escape, but also paved the way for an entrance into hip-hop. For more info please go to ¬†Toke Of The Town¬†Website.Watch the documentary below. Peace