A Great Day in Hip Hop Revisited


A Great Day in Hip Hop Revisited is a documentary short about a magical day in black music history. On September 29, 1998, the legendary photographer Gordon Parks shot over 200 MCs, DJs and dancers for the cover of XXL magazine. The photograph he took was taken in front of the same building in Harlem on 126th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues, that the original A Great Day in Harlem jazz photo was taken in front of in 1958. Rakim, Slick Rick, Mos Def, Questlove, Da Brat, MC Shan, and Fat Joe are among some of the rappers seen.


Director & Producer: Nelson George
Producer: Butch Robinson
Producer: Malika Weeden
Camera: Henry Adebonojo, Maurice Marable, Marcus Turner, Nelson George, and Butch Robinson
Sound Recordist: Ari Sandoval
Editor: Malika Weeden
Sound Mixer: Laura Sinnott


Nelson George is an author, cultural critic and filmmaker. George has written many award winning music histories, including The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop America. He has also contributed cultural reporting to the Village Voice and the New York Times and directed many documentaries including Brooklyn Boheme, Finding the Funk, and A Ballerina's Tale. As a producer he most recently worked on Netflix's The Black Godfather and The Get Down.