In this 90-minute authored film Hip Hop World News, British rapper Rodney P embarks on an immersive journey, revealing a fascinating alternative version of reality as seen from the perspective of a culture which was created in the black and Latino ghettos of 1970s New York, and has since evolved into a world-dominating cultural powerhouse.

Whether it’s chronicling life on the streets or offering a surprising twist on global events, Hip Hop has given a voice to the voiceless, disenfranchised and dispossessed, while also acting as a platform for ideas, opinions – and sometimes controversial theories – to be shared among its millions of followers.

Looking at big issues such as power, conspiracy, education and money, Rodney meets iconic figures such as Public Enemy’s Chuck D; Def Jam co-founder and original Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons; and New York rapper Rakim – considered by many to be the greatest MC of all time.

Rodney’s journey also takes on contentious issues like police brutality, extreme language and the role of women in a culture often regarded as misogynistic, to provide a fascinating take on what the world really looks like with a Hip Hop state of mind.

As Rodney explores the important issues and powerful ideas through the lens of Hip Hop, he learns more about a culture he himself has been part of for almost four decades, while showing those who have never quite understood (and may even have dismissed it) just how surprising and rich this culture really is.


The Hip Hop World News is available via BBC iPlayer