90s Hip-Hop Cultural Evolution Explored in PBS Digital Studios’ ‘Outside the Lyrics’ Produced by PBS SoCal Streaming Online and on the Free PBS App


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Select programming will also be available to stream on PBS.org and the free PBS App. Members of PBS SoCal get extended access through PBS Passport.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Feb. 1, 2024 – PBS SoCal, Southern California’s flagship PBS station, announced today the new PBS Digital Studios series OUTSIDE THE LYRICS, examining the cultural significance and emergence of fashion trends, dance styles and photography developed through Hip-Hop’s rise. Hosted by writer, multimedia producer and professor of media arts and culture Dr. Robeson “Taj” Frazier, the three-episode series is produced locally by PBS SoCal and presented by the documentary-focused YouTube channel, PBS Voices. With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), new episodes will roll out weekly and be available to stream on PBSSoCal.org, YouTube.com/PBSVoices and on the free PBS App starting with the first episode on the surprising origins of streetwear available today, Thurs., Feb. 1.

OUTSIDE THE LYRICS is a continuation of the digital series HIP-HOP AND THE METAVERSE that featured Hip-Hop artists and entrepreneurs engineering the sound of the future. In the new series, Frazier continues the conversation with revolutionary designers, choreographers and photographers whose influence in the 90s shaped Hip-Hop culture today. OUTSIDE THE LYRICS kicks off with fashion icon Chris Gibbs who discusses the fusion of Hip-Hop and skater culture in fashion, leading to what is now known as ‘streetwear.’ Episode two features Hip-Hop dance legend and “Queen of Krump” Marquisa “Miss Prissy” McCray who discusses how a dance style she helped develop in South LA transformed popular dance. Episode three introduces viewers to one of Hip-Hop’s most prolific photographers Brian “B+” Cross who reflects on capturing the authentic moments of the movement, contributing to the rich visual archive today.

The dates that the digital episodes in OUTSIDE THE LYRICS will be available to stream and their descriptions are as follows:

“Fashion: Premieres February 1”

Host Dr. Taj Frazier meets with Chris Gibbs, Hip-Hop head, skater, fashion tastemaker and owner of the famed LA streetwear boutique, Union, to learn how two seemingly opposite cultures came together to redefine fashion.

“Krump: Premieres February 15”

Host Dr. Taj Frazier meets hip-hop dance legend Marquisa McCray, a.k.a. “Miss Prissy, the Queen of Krump” to discuss how a few young adults in South LA transformed a dance style into a global phenomenon. “Krump” is a unique West Coast dance style that emerged in the late 90s and early 2000s that was originally performed in dance battles in local parking lots and soon found its way to the national stage with major musical acts.

“Photography: February 29”

Host Dr. Taj Frazier meets with one of Hip-Hop’s most prolific photographers Brian “B+” Cross to learn how his iconic photographs and the growing community of photographers changed the way we see Hip-Hop.

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About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCaluses the power of public media for good, strengthening the civic fabric of Southern California and providing our community with an essential connection to a wider world. As a local, donor/member-supported non-profit organization, PBS SoCal programming is available to viewers on all key streaming platforms via the free PBS App and PBS KIDS App as well as over-the-air, via seven channels — including 2 primary broadcast channels, PBS SoCal and PBS SoCal Plus. With a commitment to make content available anytime and anywhere for free, PBS SoCal reaches nearly 19M viewers in the region with programming that reflects the diversity of Southern California and showcases the full schedule of beloved and trusted PBS content spanning Education, News, Environment and Arts & Culture. PBS SoCal also sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations as well as prepares children for kindergarten and beyond by bringing bilingual, hands-on learning experiences to the community for free.

About PBS Digital Studios

PBS Digital Studios produces original, digital programming designed to engage, enlighten, and entertain online audiences. The PBS Digital Studios network has more than 30 million subscribers on YouTube, generating an average of 50 million views each month. In over 10 years, it has launched more than 100 original series and has accumulated over four billion lifetime views on YouTube. Series include the Webby Award-winningBE SMART andSOUND FIELD, as well as popular series such asWEATHERED,EONS,MONSTRUM andPBS SPACE TIME. For more information onPBS Digital Studios, visitPBS.org.

About PBS Voices

PBS Voices is a documentary-themed YouTube channel by PBS Digital Studios, which brings together curated content from PBS member stations and independent filmmakers across the country. Programs featured on PBS Voices cover a diverse array of subjects which highlight unique perspectives while celebrating our shared human experiences.

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