Jeezy & Common Address Rap Politics In ‘Hip-Hop & The White House’

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 08: Common performs onstage during A GRAMMY Salute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop at YouTube Theater on November 08, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Hulu has unveiled the official trailer for a new documentary titled “Hip-Hop and the White House,” marking writer and filmmaker Jesse Washington’s directorial debut. This documentary, slated for release on Hulu next week, delves into hip-hop’s transformation from an overlooked urban culture to a significant mainstream force, exploring its intersections with presidential politics and policies from the 1970s to the present day, highlighting the evolution of rap politics.

“We believe this is the ideal moment to examine how hip-hop has influenced presidential politics and to contemplate what impact the culture might have in the upcoming election season,” remarked Washington, drawing from the insights of Andscape’s team of acclaimed journalists. The film, narrated by Atlanta’s Jeezy, features interviews with influential figures such as Common, YG, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, KRS-One, Roxanne Shante, Bun B, Bakari Kitwana, and others.

Narrated by Jeezy, “Hip-Hop and the White House” explores the connection between rap politics and the U.S. presidency. The documentary highlights how hip-hop, a significant cultural movement, intersects with the highest office in the country.

The documentary explores how 1970s and ’80s policies fueled the emergence of hip-hop under conditions of oppression and neglect. It depicts hip-hop’s shift from being ignored to gaining recognition and acceptance for its impact on American youth.

Directed by Jesse Washington, produced by Andscape, and executive produced by Jason Aidoo, Dwayne Bray, Jeezy, and Jesse Washington. “Hip-Hop and the White House” premieres on Hulu on April 22nd, exploring hip-hop’s evolving connection with presidential power.