VH-1 looks at 30 years of rap

Oct. 4, 2004 at 2:58 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Ice T., Missy Elliott and Kid Rock are featured on a 30-year retrospective of rap music on U.S. cable's VH-1 produced by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.

"And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip Hop," airing Monday through Friday on VH-1, shows viewers the positive and negative influences of rap music as it grew from the streets to become an influential cultural force in music and fashion, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.

"It was like finally somebody is telling the world how we live and what we're going through -- that's hip-hop," said KRS-One, one of the first rap artists to merge political commentary and hard-core rhymes and beats with "Criminal Minded" in 1987.

The Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige and Eminem also are interviewed on the five-night special.

The rap series precedes the first "VH-1 Hip Hop Honors," hosted by Mos Def and Vivica A. Fox, set to air Oct. 12 on the cable channel.

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