Big U, Deb, Trick Trick, Bimmy and Haitian Jack are the unsung heroes of hip-hop's legacy; they are the men and women who work in the shadows to affect hip-hop at the highest levels.
The OGs learn to hustle, hoping to make a better life for their families; the unique business acumen they learn will one day serve them in the music business.
The hip-hop OGs get more involved with the details of management, producing and developing artists, but by the time of civil unrest in 1992 Los Angeles, the main contributors find themselves doing time.
As the drug game dries up in the streets, the new hip-hop hustle emerges; after time in prison, the five main contributors move to Atlanta; Bimmy is hired at Def Jam, and Trick Trick records his first album.
With hip-hop becoming the world's most popular music genre, the OGs find themselves facing a dilemma: join the establishment or keep to the code of the street.
The contributors become modern-day Robin Hoods as they change their communities for the better through leadership. As 2020 is ushered in, hip-hop faces its largest challenge yet: to be the voice of the oppressed during historic times.
Rashidi Natara Harper
Eugene "Big U" Henley
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