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The Hip Hop Years is a three part series of one hour television documentaries, made for Channel 4 in 1999.

The series was devised by David Upshal who produced, directed and narrated the series. He also produced the 33-track compilation CD which accompanied the series and co-wrote the book with Alex Ogg, also titled The Hip Hop Years.

The series charts the definitive story of Hip Hop, rising from the streets of the Bronx to become, what Upshal calls, "the new Rock'n'Roll". The programmes combine archive clips and performance from TV, movies and music videos with specially shot material and interviews with key players.

  1. David Upshal


Series Cast

  1. Ice-T as Self



    3 Episodes

  2. Russell Simmons as Self

    Russell Simmons


    2 Episodes

  3. Afrika Bambaataa as Self

    Afrika Bambaataa


    1 Episode

  4. Grand Wizard Theodore as Self

    Grand Wizard Theodore


    1 Episode

  5. Crazy Legs as Self

    Crazy Legs


    1 Episode

  6. Kid Freeze


    1 Episode

  7. Jazzy Jay as Self

    Jazzy Jay


    1 Episode

  8. Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson as Self

    Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson


    1 Episode

  9. Michael Holman as Self

    Michael Holman


    1 Episode

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Last Season


1999 • 3 Episodes

Season 1 of The Hip Hop Years premiered on January 1, 1999.

Close To The Edge

(1x1, January 1, 1999)

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Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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