Saturday, February 24, 2007

Black History Month - And It Don't Stop

VH1 is taking a break from reruns of the Hulk Hogan show to re-air the documentary And It Don't Stop.

A is sick, and I am editing so basically, we're all in bed watching it. Again.

If you've never seen it, what the hell is wrong with you?!!! it's fairly comprehensive, and it has great interviews with artists and with cultural historians like Nelson George, and Kelefa Sanneh, the music reviewer for the Times.

When I started scribbling this down, we were back in the midst of East Coast-West Coast and the murders of Tupac and Biggie. Because we're in our 30s, we remember vividly Tupac's murder, the days he languished in the hospital before succumbing to his injuries. I know, now, it must seem as relevant as my mother describing when Kennedy was assissinated, but it is a moment that is so present.

Now, the episode has moved on to the rise of regional rap with the Geto Boys, OutKast, etc.

Hearing the artists in their own words now and in the past is really powerful.

Watch it.

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