With so many projects commemorating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, another one has just been announced with a trailer to boot.
Audible has released the trailer to a new series that is being narrated by Public Enemy lead Chuck D, Can You Dig It? A Hip Hop Origin Story. The trailer starts with the booming voice of Chuck D introducing the story that is about to be told regarding an integral part of the beginning of the hip-hop culture from a different perspective.
“December 8, 1971, was a defining moment in American history. A time when the gangs of New York laid down their weapons and redirected their youthful energy toward the creative arts. Arts that would eventually become the foundation of what we now know as Hip Hop.”
According to AllHipHop, the tale that Chuck D is referencing played a major role in the burgeoning culture of hip-hop.
The five-part series premieres the day before the anniversary of the birth of hip-hop, August 10, 2023. The first in the series titled, “The Bronx is Burning” takes place in the southern region of the Bronx. It goes into the story of two groups deciding to end the bad blood between them and use that energy toward being more peaceful.
The killing of a peacekeeper and member of the Ghetto Brothers Cornell “Black Benjie” Benjamin presented the spark to end the violence taking place in the street.
“If Kool Herc is considered the father of Hip Hop, then my uncle was the general; my uncle was the martyr,” says Angelique Lenox, niece of Black Benjie. “He didn’t die in vain, something good came from his death; his life mattered. This is truly my best version of a love letter to my father and my family and I will not stop until his name is a part of the Hip Hop story.”
The five-part series premieres the day before the anniversary of the birth of hip-hop, August 10, 2023.
Audible Releases Trailer for Hip-Hop-Inspired Series, ‘Can You Dig It?’ Narrated by Chuck D