My Summer Lair Chapter #132: So What Happened When You Hung Out With…A Bad Boy?
There’s a scene in the first episode of Season 3 of Hip-Hop Evolution on Netflix where Tupac is leaving a courtroom and all these white journalists are around him and they’re asking for comments and Tupac yells out “Thug Life! Thug Life!” and one of the white journalists responds: “I don’t know what that means.” Heh.
Now granted part of that is this is beginning of Thug Life; it hasn’t taken on that iconic connotation yet however a lot of the mainstream media was incredibly negative when it came to hip-hop they either didn’t get it or we’re racist or a combination. So thankfully we have Hip-Hop Evolution to correct some of that bogus narrative.
3 Seasons are currently on Netflix; with the forth and final season to debut January 2020.
It’s crazy to see that evolution: season 1 is DJ Kool Herc and sweet block parties; it sounds chill and fun and by the time we get to Season 3 Tupac is getting shot and robbed while NWA is coming Straight Outta Compton. Surreal. In between is Public Enemy, Dre, Tribe Called Quest and so much more.
And while those hip hop stories so expertly captured by the show’s director and creator Darby Wheeler (and host Shad K) it’s the stories off camera that are hilarious and just as surreal and even…incredible. Wait until you hear the Isiah Thomas story; just wow!