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For the past four nights, VH1’s documentary adaptation of Steve Stoute’s essential reading The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy captivated audiences who stayed up til 11 PM (10 PM central). Unlike VH1’s notorious reality TV fare that has become a hallmark of the network, “The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip-Hop,” provided an in-depth look of hip-hop’s origins from a means of expression in the early 70s to a full-fledged art form to something that impacted the nation as a commodity and influence.

While the VH1 adaptation does leave much to be desired – The South and West Coast influences in American rap music are all but miniscule, save an appearance from Dr. Dre (who’s mostly only there to talk about his transition from musician to businessman, his connection to Eminem, and the emergence of the “Beats Music” brand) and the montage in Episode 4; to say nothing of the absence of female rappers’ influence on the culture – there’s only so much story than can be told in an hour’s time; and Stoute and VH1 do cover a lot of ground and a lot of nostalgic points in hip-hop history, ultimately leading up to the election of Barack Obama as the US’s 44th president.

And if this isn’t enough, well… you can always buy the book, right?

Episode 1: Word is Born – 1970-1986

Episode 2: Fight the Power – 1987-1992

Episode 3: Gimme the Loot – 1993-1999

Episode 4: All Around the World – 2000-2014