A compelling series shining a spotlight on the untold story of the rise, fall, & resurrection of Go Go music ,The inspiration and rhythm behind some of the greatest music from EDM to Hip Hop. Triumphant and heartbreaking at many turns, the series is both a tribute to the unsung bands who added funk and style to popular music, and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and lost rewards of a career spent in the background.
Despite it’s challenges, this infectious brand of music has inspired the grooves of hitmakers such as Beyonce’, Jay-Z, Amarie, Ashanti, Jill Scott, Wale, and many more world-famous figures. No longer the ‘house band to hip hop’, CRANK! exposes Go Go’s diverse array of artists whose lives and stories take center stage in this new series.
These gifted musicians span a range of styles, genres, and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, CRANK! boasts candid interviews with legendary pioneers from Trouble Funk, E.U., Rare Essence, Chuck Brown, and many more.
Music is an important part of many cultures around the world, but it has a different impact in different places. It often reflects on or reacts to socio-political issues that affect the local culture.On “The Pocket,” platinum selling artist DJ Kool goes on the road & around the DMV (Washington D.C./ Maryland/ Virginia) to explore some of the most electrifying — and, in some cases, controversial — leaders in Go Go music’s current revival.
Go-Go is a home grown sound in the Washington, DC area founded by it’s Godfather Chuck Brown. The term ‘the pocket’, refers to the extended percussion break in a Go Go song, uniquely distinguishable by the band that created the rhythm. The term is best illustrated in the high-intensity live performances captured by our cameras.
The 1st season will take viewers behind & on stage with legendary acts such as Rare Essence, E.U., and Junkyard Band — as well as the new generation’s hip hop/ rock based version called Bounce Beat. Each episode features interviews from the band members sharing their take on the city’s most cherished music scene.