The PBS documentary Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World with Chuck D is officially coming in 2023. According to a press release, the four-part series will arrive next January with commentary from Grandmaster Caz, Ice-T, Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Roxanne Shanté, Run-DMC, John Forté, will.i.am, MC Lyte, B-Real (Cypress Hill), Melle Mel, Fat Joe, Lupe Fiasco and more.
Developed by Chuck D and his producing partner Lorrie Boula, the series tells the story of Hip Hop as an “organic expression of experience that was unapologetic, fierce and empowering as it spoke truth to power and informed a nation through a different lens.”
The title itself, of course, is a reference to Public Enemy’s 1988 single “Fight The Power” from the group’s sophomore album It Takes A Nation of Millions … To Hold Us Back.
“The Hip Hop community has, from the start, been doing what the rest of media is only now catching up to,” Chuck D says. “Long before any conglomerate realized it was time to wake up, hip hop had been speaking out and telling truths.
“Working with PBS and BBC is an opportunity to deliver these messages through new ways and help explain hip hop’s place in history and hopefully inspire us all to take it further.”
Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World will be available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO.
Chuck D is also preparing to release his first fine art book called Livin Loud in November. Check back with HipHopDX soon for a full interview with the Rhyme Animal in which he’ll discuss the book and more.