Real Rap Stories

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | SHARE

ALL ARTS to air new mini-series hosted hip hop historian James “Kraze” Billings, exploring the origin stories of early pioneers like Audio Two, Stetsasonic, Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, Stezo and Rakim

Premieres Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. on the ALL ARTS

broadcast channel (check local listings), free streaming app and allarts.org

 

Synopsis
Real Rap Stories premieres Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel, free streaming app and allarts.org, with weekly premieres each Wednesday through July 29. Through intimate interviews with the artists, producers and friends who were there, hip hop historian James “Kraze” Billings shines a necessary spotlight on the early pioneers of the genre, including Audio Two, Stetsasonic, Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, Stezo and Rakim. Their influence left a lasting impact still seen in rap today through music samples, style, sound and business.

 

Short Listing:
Real Rap Stories delves into the stories of some of hip-hop’s most influential characters.

 

Long Listing:
Hosted by James Billings, Real Rap Stories is a five-part mini-series delving into the origin stories of some of hip-hop’s most influential characters. Follow along as these hip-hop pioneers, family and friends discuss how they obtained success in a music genre that was still in its infancy. From the lyricist to the dancer, this series shows how each artist contributed to the hip-hop genre.

 

Episode Premiere Dates:

  1. Real Rap Stories: Audio Two Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m.
  2. Real Rap Stories: Stetsasonic Wednesday, July 15 at 8:15 p.m.
  3. Real Rap Stories: Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud Wednesday, July 22 at 8 p.m.
  4. Real Rap Stories: Stezo Wednesday, July 22 at 8:15 p.m.
  5. Real Rap Stories: Rakim Wednesday, July 29 at 8 p.m.

 

Episode Run Times: 15 minutes each

 

Series Interviewees
Real Rap Stories: Audio Two
April Walker – Audio Two Stylist & Fashion Designer
Big V – Former Bodyguard
Milk Dee – Producer of Audio Two
Guy Routte – Childhood Friend & Artist
Daddy-O – Producer of Stetsasonic

Real Rap Stories: Stestsasonic
Daddy-O – Member & Producer of Stetsasonic
MC Delite – Member & Producer of Stetsasonic
Bobby Simmons – Member of Stetsasonic
Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams – Founder of Cold Chillin Records
Wise – Member of Stetsasonic
Monica Lynch – Former President of Tommy Boy Records
Cut Master Cool V – Music Producer & Biz Markie DJ

Real Rap Stories: Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud
Super Lover Cee – Member of Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud
Stezo – Rap Artist
Cut Master Cool V – Music Producer & Biz Markie DJ
Daddy-O – Member & Producer of Stetsasonic

Real Rap Stories: Stezo
Stezo – Artist, Dancer & Producer
Dooley O – Emcee & Stezo’s Cousin
Chris Lowe – Producer & Stezo’s DJ
Super Lover Cee – Member of Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud

Real Rap Stories: Rakim
DJ Maniak – Music Producer & Rakim’s Friend
Nate Tinsley – Producer & Rakim’s Friend
DJ Belal – Member of Groove B. Chill & Rakim’s Friend

 

Trailer: 

Program Page: allarts.org/real-rap-stories

 

Production Credits
Real Rap Stories is a production of King of Content Productions.
James Billings is Executive Producer, Creator, Writer Editor. Dave Howard is Associate Producer. Mark Samuel Beatz, Beatowski and Grand Daddy I.U. are Music Producers. Nat Robinson Sr. and Milk Dee are Talent Consultants. Theme Music by Steve “Stezo” Williams Digital Art Design by Pharaoh Skylar. Narration and Audio by Kraze The King of Content. Photos by Kirk Robinson and Glenn K Bolton.

For ALL ARTS, Kristy Geslain is Senior Producer. Joe Harrell is Senior Director. Diane Masciale and Neal Shapiro are Executives in Charge.

 

New York-Area TV Channel Listings
Digital Antenna: 21.4
Comcast: 958/1156
Optimum: 144
Spectrum: 1276
Verizon Fios: SD 497/HD 498

 

About ALL ARTS

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Leadership support for ALL ARTS is generously provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, and The Agnes Varis Trust.

 

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  • Audio Two (Milk Dee and Gizmo). Photo Credit: Kirk Robinson

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  • Audio Two (Milk Dee and Gizmo). Photo Credit: Kirk Robinson

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  • Audio Two (Milk Dee and Gizmo). Image Credit: Pharaoh Skylar

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  • Audio Two (Milk Dee and Gizmo). Image Credit: Pharaoh Skylar

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  • Stetsasonic. Image Credit: Pharaoh Skylar

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  • Stetsasonic. Image Credit: Pharaoh Skylar

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  • Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud. Photo Credit: Calente Fredick

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  • Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud. Photo Credit: Calente Fredick

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  • Stezo. Photo Credit: Steve Williams

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  • Stezo. Photo Credit: Steve Williams

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  • Eric B & Raki. Image Credit: Pharaoh Skylar

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