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Rapper Nas performs onstage during the Smokin Grooves Festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park on March 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

A&E Announces Nas Narrated Hip-Hop Docuseries, 'Origins of Hip-Hop'

A&E Announces Nas Narrated Hip-Hop Docuseries, 'Origins of Hip-Hop'

A&E Network has announced the premiere of an all-new eight-episode documentary series titled, Origins of Hip-Hop, which chronicles the origin stories of some of the genre’s greatest acts, including Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fat Joe, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T, Ja-Rule, Lil Jon, and Uncle Luke. The series will premiere on May 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

Produced by Mass Appeal, each episode will explore the artists’ origin stories and experiences that have shaped them into the world-renowned artists they are today. Featuring narration from Mass Appeal Records co-owner Nas and commentary from the artists’ families, friends, and collaborators, viewers can also expect intimate interviews, rare archival footage of the stars, of course — fan-favorite music.


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Origins of Hip-Hop expands our boundary-pushing, non-fiction programming slate and celebrates the artists and sounds that have helped define a genre and culture,” Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming at A&E, said in a statement. “Alongside our partners at Mass Appeal, we are excited to elevate the voices and stories of this incredible group of artists who helped create and continue to shape the genre today.”

The first episode will highlight the life and career of Bronx legend Fat Joe. A&E will continue its celebration of hip-hop by launching a new podcast in May. Details to come.

Origins of Hip-Hop will be available on-demand and for streaming via the A&E App and beginning May 30. Will you be checking out Fat Joe’s premiere episode? Stay tuned for more on this and other Hip-Hop news. 


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