From Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop has a long history of speaking truth to power, so who better to tell its story than Chuck D? Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World explores how rap music became a cultural phenomenon, with insights from some of the scene’s biggest stars. The four part series starts on Saturday 21 January and all episodes are free to watch on BBC iPlayer. Those in the United States will have to wait until January 31 for PBS. Here’s how to watch Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World from all over the world.
Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World starts at the beginning.
Using a combination of interviews and archive footage, this hard-hitting, nodding documentary series explores where hip-hop came from, how the crack epidemic led to the formation of groups like NWA, the ways it dealt with accusations of promoting violence and misogyny, and explores how the industry has used its voice and power to fight for change in the 21st century.
“The hip-hop community has been doing from the start what the rest of the media is just now doing,” says Chuck D. “Long before a conglomerate realized it was time to wake up, hip-hop had spoken out and told truths.”
Featuring artists such as Eminem, Ice-T, KRS-One, Monie Love and Roxanne Shanté, plus figures from the wider cultural scene such as Rev Al Sharpton, activist Dr Rosa Alicia Clemente and BLM of Greater New York co-founder Walter “Hawk Newsome, this is hip-hop in his own words.
Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World streams on BBC iPlayer from 8pm GMT on 21 January. Make sure you know how to look Fight the force from anywhere.
Watch Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World Now
Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World streams for free BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) from January 21. TV viewers will be able to watch the show on BBC Two at 9pm GMT that day.
Just sign up for one BBC account (opens in new tab) with an email address and a UK postcode (e.g. W1A 1AA) to access iPlayer.
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When is Fight the Power coming to TV: Episode Dates
Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World airing from January 21, 2023, it is a four-part series. The next episode will air right after, at 10pm. The show kicks off in the US on January 31. UK air dates are as follows:
- Episode 1 – The Foundation | 21:00 GMT, Saturday 21 January 2023
- Episode 2 – Under Siege | 22:00 GMT, Saturday 21 January 2023
- Episode 3 – Culture Wars | To be determined
- Episode 4 – Still Fighting | To be determined
Watch Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World from abroad with a VPN
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Using a VPN to watch Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World
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Watch a Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World in the US from January 31
Episode one of Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World airs January 31, from 9 p.m. ET to 10 p.m PBS (opens in new tab) and the free PBS Video App (opens in new tab) (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, iOS devices).
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The Livestream Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World in Australia
Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be an Australian network screening Fight the force. But don’t let that stop you from looking…
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