Power Killer: How HIP HOP Changed the World (New Series Premiere)


Premieres Tuesday, January 31, February 14, and February 21, 2023 at 9 p.m. on the KPBS TV/PBS Video app


Developed by Chuck D and co-producer, Laurie Paulathe series tells the story of hip hop as an organic expression of an experience that was unapologetic, fierce, and empowering because it was speaking truth to power and educating the nation through a different lens.

Power Killer: How HIP HOP Changed the World: Preview

Featuring live accounts of some of rap’s most complete players, Fight the Power: How HIP HOP Changed the World It tells the origins of this bold and revolutionary art form through the voices of those who were there in the beginning, creating an anthology of how hip-hop became a cultural phenomenon against the backdrop of American history. Weaving together interconnected moments across personal interviews and archival footage, the docuseries will explore how hip-hop quickly created a provocative narrative for America.

The series features insightful interviews with hip hop stars including, Chuck D, Grandmaster statusAnd ice teaAnd Abiodun Oyol (last poets), Roxanne ChantAnd Run DMCAndJohn ForteAnd will.i.amAnd MC LyteAnd B- SR (Cypress Hill), Millie Mille, Fat JoeAnd Lupe Fiasco and more.

GRAMMY Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chuck D has been at the forefront of how this art form has become a platform for political expression and a vessel toward social justice. As co-founder of Enemy of the PeopleHis music sent lessons in black history and consciousness while striving to deconstruct racial constructs.

Public Enemy’s lead single released in 1989, “Fight the Power,” became an anthem calling for unity against oppression that still resonates to this day. Often called the most important hip-hop song of all time, it is in the Library of Congress and was named the second best song of all time in 2021 by Rolling Stone.

Episodes guide:

Episode 1: “The Foundation” Premieres Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 9 PM on KPBS TV + Appears Wednesday, February 1 at 9 PM on KPBS 2 – Discover the factors that led to the birth of hip-hop and its first socially conscious song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982.

Episode 2: “Under Siege” Premieres Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 9 PM on KPBS TV+ Shows Wednesday, February 15 at 9 PM on KPBS 2 – Explore the 1980s and the birth of hip-hop as social commentary in the Reagan era with the rise of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T and N.W.A.

Episode 3: “Culture Wars” Premieres Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 9 PM on KPBS TV+ and appears Wednesday, February 22 at 9 PM on KPBS 2 – Experience the ’90s during the Clinton years and the unstoppable rise in popularity of hip-hop, which has become a force attacked by all sides of the political establishment.

Episode 4: “Still Fighting” premieres Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 10 p.m. on KPBS – Follow the evolution of hip-hop as its artists become millionaires and successful entrepreneurs. As a cultural phenomenon, hip hop continues to change history and is adopted as a voice of protest around the world.

Director’s quotes:

“The hip-hop community, from the very beginning, has been doing what the rest of the media is only doing now,” said Chuck D. “Long before any conglomerate knew it was time to wake up, hip hop was speaking out and telling the facts. Working with PBS and the BBC is an opportunity to communicate these messages through new ways and help explain hip hop’s place in history and hopefully inspire us all to move forward.” in that. “

“We brought the project to PBS and BBC Music because they are second to none at making great documentaries. Chuck D and I look forward to working with them to take this into account for such an important movement for the world,” Laurie Paula said. “People are finally open to hearing and learning about the history of all Americans, and we want to bring stories that are true, compelling, and honest to them.”

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Watch on your schedule:

Fight the Power: How HIP HOP Changed the World will be available for simulcast with the broadcast on all of the station’s branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video appAvailable on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO.


produced by BBC Studios to TV program And BBC Music. Bill Gardner is the executive director in charge of PBS with Chuck D and Lorrie Boula as executive producers. Max Gogarty is Editor-in-Chief of the BBC, with Anna Sadoy as Executive Producer, Helen Bart as Series Producer, Yemi Pamiro as Series Director and Todd Williams as Director.

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