VH1′s latest Rock Doc The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop is about to get its grand TV premiere on February 24th, but we’re not going to make you wait that long to get a taste. The new jumbo-sized trailer just dropped, and it takes things to a presidential level.
Based on Steve Stoute’s best-selling book, the four-part television event will take a look at how hip hop has played a role not just in the entertainment world but in politics, civil rights and American culture as a whole. Using Barack Obama‘s historic victory in the 2008 election as a catalyst, the documentary illustrates how (to use Diddy’s words) “hip hop put him in office” as the country has become more culturally diverse.
From TV’s The Jeffersons to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and films like Do The Right Thing and 8 Mile, The Tanning Of America plots the “hip hopification” of America since the late 1970s. It also features an all-star cast of interviews with Diddy, Pharrell Williams, Al Sharpton, and Mariah Carey (to name a few), all of whom give their personal take and recollections on how hip hop has affected both themselves and their world.
Enjoy the trailer above, and get ready to tune to VH1 on February 24th at 11 PM/10 PM C to catch the first episode!