Class of '88 with Will Smith

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In the US, hip hop reigns as the genre that influences every aspect of our culture. From fashion to film, the dominance of this prolific sound can be traced back to one year - 1988. From Public Enemy to The Fresh Prince, these twelve months gave rise to the superstars and styles that still resonate in songs released today. Through the unique perspective and personal experiences of Will Smith, Class of ’88 reveals the milestone moments, albums and artists that inspired a sonic evolution and secured 1988 as hip hop’s most important year. Rich with archival material, new interviews with hip hop’s biggest stars, and personal recollections from Will himself, Class of ’88 delivers fresh untold stories from the year that hip hop overcame the forces that were hell bent on blocking its rise.

This series features interviews and stories from the revolutionary Artists that impacted that year and many more afterwards, including: Queen Latifah, Jazzy Jeff, DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Chuck D, Fab Five Freddy, Rakim, Slick Rick, DJ Red Alert, and Rick Rubin.

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Episode Date
The Storyteller, with Slick Rick | 8
Mar 11, 2024
Brothers and Sisters, with J.J. Fad | 7
Mar 04, 2024
The Showstoppers, with Salt-N-Pepa | 6
Feb 26, 2024
Yo! MTV Raps, Finally, with Fab 5 Freddy | 5
Feb 19, 2024
Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, with Chuck D | 4
Feb 19, 2024
Follow the Leader, with Rakim and Queen Latifah | 3
Feb 12, 2024
Kings of Rock, with DMC and Rick Rubin | 2
Feb 12, 2024
The Battle for World Supremacy, with DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince | 1
Oct 26, 2023
Introducing: Class of '88 with Will Smith
Sep 21, 2023