“Rapture” shows rap's softer side


What happens when a student of hip-hop picks up the camera in an effort to control the narrative and show the sides of rap that mainstream media too often leaves out? On “Salon Talks,” Sacha Jenkins, CCO of Mass Appeal and executive producer of Netflix’s new documentary series “Rapture” explained why his depiction of hip-hop artists is different.

“Rapture,” on Netflix March 30, is an eight-episode docu-series featuring a diverse collection of artists including Nas and Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz and Just Blaze. Rapture captures the true grind of music life and goes behind the scenes with the artists, their partners, families and the friends that helped them excel. Jenkins, who has spent time as a journalist, described what’s in store for viewers. “These are things that I’ve saw as a journalist,” Jenkins told Salon’s D. Watkins. “Everyday people don’t get to see that side of it. There are people that actually do give back. Family is a big part of how these folks role and you’ll see that in most of the episodes.”

Check out the full interview above to hear what all the “Rapture” rap artists surprisingly have in common. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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