Mass Appeal Explores Hip Hop Hustle in New Netflix Doc Series ‘Rapture’

By Sameer Rao Jan 29, 2018

Mass Appeal brings hip hop fans inside the creative, performing and private lives of some of the art form’s top artists with "Rapture," a new documentary series for Netflix. 

Deadline reported yesterday (January 28) that the streaming giant will release the eight-episode series on March 30. Netflix officials said that the program will explore the profiled artists’ lives, including their relationships "with their families and friends, sitting front row in the studio, grinding on tour [and] experiencing the ecstatic power of moving the crowd.” Featured rappers and producers highlighted in the above trailer include veterans like Nas (the founder of Mass Appeal Records) and Just Blaze, alongside up-and-comers like Rapsody and A Boogie wit da Hoodie

Mass Appeal creative director Sacha Jenkins ("Fresh Dressed") will direct the series alongside a cohort of independent filmmakers that includes Geeta Gandhbir ("I Am Evidence") and Steven Caple Jr. ("The Land").

"Rap music is the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and Netflix is the embodiment of the eyes from which she sees," Jenkins told Deadline. "We’ve been telling hip hop stories since ’96, and as natives we feel it is our duty to do the movement justice. ‘Rapture’ is bangin’. Straight up.”