Rap Icon Nas Prepares ‘Hip Hop 50’ Director’s Debut



NAS, MASS APPEAL and SHOWTIME team up for the debut of “Hip Hop 50” in December, with three original films, including one directed by NAS itself.

The partnership aims to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original creation of hip-hop.

Movies are the first offering in a bundle of content and experiences that includes podcasts, live events and more.

“Video Music Box” is the story and legacy of one of the most successful music shows in hip-hop history, capturing the essence of RALPH McDANIELS ‘timeless efforts to document and preserve the early rise of the genre towards the general public. NAS, a pivotal member of this ascent, has come full circle and is making the documentary.

“RICKY POWELL: The Individualist”, directed by JOSH SWEDE, sheds light on the photographic trail laid out by the late point-and-shoot maestro, including representations from the late 1980s and early 1990s of the maturity of the hip-hop have provided an iconic goal in the culture.

“Rolling Like Thunder”, directed by BETWEEN THE STREETS founder ROGER GASTMAN, offers a nuanced look at the world of graffiti that has supported hip-hop culture as one of its main pillars and has become a galaxy apart whole – questionable legality and all.

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