VH1 will celebrate Black History Month in February with a four-hour, two-part miniseries on the the history of hip-hop. The Tanning of America:is one of VH1’s Rock Docs. Previous ones have chronicled the rise of Soul Train, Iron Maiden’s Somewhere Back in Time World Tour and Daryl McDaniels of Run DMC finding out he was adopted.
It’s based on Steve Stoute’s 2011 book The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture that Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy. Stoute will be an executive producer on the project.
It examines hip-hop’s influence on culture, race relations and politics including the election of Barack Obama. Interview subjects include Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons and Al Sharpton. Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman, who have brought us films such as Cocaine Cowboys and ESPN’s Broke, will direct. This has all the makings of a great one.