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The Undersiders

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It’s the 80’s... Hip-hop is beginning to emerge. Cocaine, is already everywhere. And crack is about to make a dramatic appearance into ghetto life. This unprecedented consumption will make some dealers into the new kings of the streets, and also new role models for their community. The Undersiders will tell you the story of 8 of them. True and crude. Tales about millionaire drug dealers who at one point directly impacted on the development of hip-hop. Dr Dre, Tupac, Lil Wayne and many more… would these pop culture icons have had the same career if certain of their paths hadn’t meet? Without being judgmental, without glorification, the Undersiders will guide you down into hip-hop’s turbulent underground and follow its rising up as a worldwide culture.

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Season 1

1. Michael Harris a.k.a Harry O

Los Angeles - 1991, the town is ruled by gangs. A young man from Compton wants to produce his label and discredit Dr Dre. A drug baron in prison wants to legalize his business. Their encounter will change the face of hip-hop and from it will arise the most notorious rap label in history: Death Row.

2. Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff

NYC - 2000. 50 cent is shot 9 times... but still he survives. Behind this murder attempt, a drug lord from Queens who makes up to $200,000 a day. Discover the story of a powerful man whose influence went way beyond his neighborhood...

3. Calvin "Klein" Bacote

Maryland - 1989, a police patrol pulls a car over. Inside it, are 2 young men risking a 40-year prison sentence for some very nasty business. One of them is a young rapper called Shawn Carter, the other, Calvin Bacote, a big shot from Brooklyn who decides to take the blame for the whole mess. Calvin’s decision will change the fate of the future Jay Z.

4. Terrance "Gangsta" Williams

New Orleans - 1991. A city with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. In the streets, Terrance is a real hothead. Between drug dealing and murders, he helps his 2 half-brothers set up a music label in their kitchen. 25 years later, this music label will dominate the charts thanks to rappers like Lil' Wayne, Drake or Nicky Minaj...

5. Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory

Atlanta - 1996. A young and ambitious drug dealer settles his "business" in the world capital of strip clubs. 10 years later his business generates more than 300 million dollars and contributes to make Atlanta the world capital of rap music. His style, his flamboyance but also his excesses would be forever part of the rap culture and still influences the world today.

6. Ricky "Freeway" Donnell Ross

Los Angeles - 1982, the young Ricky finds in tennis a way to get out of the ghetto and starts dealing drugs to finance his training. But 15 years later he forgot his dreams of Wimbledon to become one of the biggest Cocaine distributors in the United States. While in jail, he discovers that the CIA used him to finance anti-communists troops in South America and that a young successful rapper « stole » his name.

7. Richard "Rich" Porter

Harlem, NY - 1984. Imagine a world without social media. No Facebook, Instagram or Youtube. A world were influencers do not come from the screens but from the streets. A world where trends and styles are built far away from the the 5th Avenue. Well, this world existed, in the 80’s Harlem, where a young hustler emerged from the concrete to create esthetics that would define the style of Rap for the next decades.

8. Alberto "Alpo" Martinez

Washington - 1991. A young drug trafficker confesses to the murder of 14 people. Among them, his best friend and partner in crime. For him it was just business, nothing more. Once seen as the Prince of Harlem, his name is now the symbol of ultimate betrayal.