The PBS documentary, Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World, starring Chuck D, will premier in 2023. Grandmaster Caz, Ice-T, Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Roxanne Shanté, Run-DMC, John Forté, will.i.am, MC Lyte, B-Real (Cypress Hill), Melle Mel, Fat Joe, Lupe Fiasco, and others will provide commentary, according to a press release.
The series tells the story of Hip Hop as an “organic expression of experience that was unapologetic, fierce, and empowering as it spoke truth to power and informed a nation through a different lens,” according to Chuck D and his producing partner Lorrie Boula.
Of course, the title alludes to Public Enemy’s 1988 single, “Fight The Power,” from the group’s sophomore album, It Takes A Nation of Millions…To Hold Us Back.
“The Hip Hop community has always done what the rest of the media is only now catching up to,” Chuck D says. “Long before any organization realized it was time to wake up, hip hop was speaking out and telling the truth.”
Chuck D Partners with PBS and BBC to Bring his Vision to Life
“Working with PBS and BBC allows us to deliver these messages in new ways, explain hip hop’s place in history, and, hopefully, inspire us all to go further.”
The documentary will be available for streaming on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku steaming devices, Apple TV, Android TB, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO.
Chuck D is also getting ready to release his first fine art book, “Livin Loud”, in November.