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planet rock: the story of hip hop and the crack generation

11/20/11 , , , ,

earlier this month, congress’s fair sentencing act went into effect, reducing “the 100-to-1 disparity between minimum sentences for crack and powder cocaine to 18 to 1.”  the documentary “planet rock” explores what created that large inequality in the first place and why there’s still more work to be done.  synopsis via vh1:

Narrated and executive produced by Ice-T, “Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation” is the first documentary to focus specifically on the connections between crack and hip-hop. Based primarily on the first-person accounts of four famous dealers-turned-rappers, the film also widens its lens at points to show how crack changed America culturally, socially and politically. Using rare footage, photos, and animation, all set to the beats and rhymes of the iconic hip hop tracks of the day, the documentary explores how media hysteria, racism and political reaction produced policies and laws that have left us with the largest — and most disproportionately African-American — prison population in the world. 

check out some of the documentary here.  also, hit up vh1.com for some bonus clips.

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