BET Premieres "Welcome to Rap City" Documentary
BET premiered the original three-part documentary of its iconic music series, “Rap City,” in Atlanta at the Bank Event Space as BET continues its year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop. Produced by entertainment company Mass Appeal, “Welcome To Rap City” unlocks the “Rap City” vaults, airing never-before-seen footage of iconic Hip Hop stars while providing viewers with a historic look back at the vital role of BET in amplifying Hip Hop across three decades.
Over three consecutive nights, the special features some of today’s hottest Hip Hop stars, behind-the-scenes movers & shakers, and the original “Rap City” hosts who cemented this show into Hip Hop history. The premiere features a reunion of all of the "Rap City" hosts from the beginning in the mid 80's to the end in 2008 including Big Tigger, Big Lez, Chris “The Mayor” Thomas, Hans “Prime” Dobson, Prince DaJour, Joe Clair, Mad Linx, J-Nicks and Q45.
Checkout the pictures from the premiere courtesy of Carl Agard
“Welcome To Rap City” features sit-down interviews with Aiyisha T. Obafemi (Entertainment Executive, DTP), Alvin “The Unseen VJ” Jones (Co-creator of Rap City), Chaka Zulu (Entertainment Executive, DTP), Charlamagne Tha God (Co-host, The Breakfast Club), Debra Lee (CEO & Chairman Emerita, BET), DJ Drama (Deejay and creator of Gangsta Grillz Mixtapes), Kevin Liles (CEO/Chairman/Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment), Mouse Jones (Media Personality), Selwyn Seyfu Hinds (Journalist, Former Editor-In-Chief of The Source Magazine), Shanti Das (Former Sr. Director of Marketing, La Face Records), Stephen G. Hill (Former President of Music Programming, BET), Tuma Basa (Director of Black Music & Culture, YouTube), John “Dr. Teeth” Tucker (Director, Former Producer, Rap City) and many others.
“Welcome to Rap City” is executive produced by Connie Orlando, Jamal Noisette, and Sam Walker II for BET and Peter Bittenbender, Jenya Meggs, Camara Rose for Mass Appeal. The three-part documentary was directed by Rahman Ali Bugg, and premieres Tuesday, October 10 at 8 PM ET/PT, followed by “BET Hip Hop Awards” 2023.