Launching worldwide on March 30th.
“Way back, when hip hop culture was in its gestational phase, the powerful message therein didn’t go much further than the five boroughs of New York City. Today, rap music is the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and Netflix is the embodiment of the eyes from which she sees,” said Sacha Jenkins of Mass Appeal. “It is a great honor for Mass Appeal to work with Netflix to produce our new series Rapture. We’ve been telling hip hop stories since ’96, and as natives we feel it is our duty to do the movement justice. Rapture is bangin’. Straight up.”
At this point, Netflix just needs to add a whole new playlist on their streaming app and call it “Hip-Hop.” You may have already watched a dozen documentaries, series, and movies that are some shape or form related to hip-hop and rap culture. And now we have another one to add to your list: RAPTURE. Today the series will make its debut at the SXSW 2018 Film Festival with the first episode starring T.I. Catch it at the Paramount Theater if you’re one of the lucky ones at the festival. There will also be a Q&A with RAPTURE‘s executive director Sacha Jenkins, along with T.I. and Dave East. Watch the trailers below and put a reminder on your calendar for 3/30/18 when the episodes drop on Netflix.
“From Mass Appeal, Rapture stares directly into the bright light that hip hop culture shines on the world and doesn’t blink. Throughout 8 episodes and featuring a diverse swath of artists — Nas and Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz andJust Blaze – Rapture dives into the artists’ lives with their families and friends, to sitting front row in the studio and grinding on tour, to experiencing the ecstatic power of moving the crowd.”
Directors: Sacha Jenkins, Ben Selkow, Geeta Gandbhir, Steven Caple Jr., Marcus A. Clarke, Gabriel Noble
Executive Producers: Peter Bittenbender, Sacha Jenkins, Ben Selkow, Ben Cotner, Zana Lawrence and Lisa Nishimura