ESPN is chronicling how hip-hop and sports have influenced each other in its upcoming TV documentary, The Crossover: 50 Years of Hip Hop and Sports, part of ESPN’s ESPN60 series.
In the clip below, USC professor of race and culture Dr. Todd Boyd speaks on the relationship between sports and hip hop with Entertaining Race author Michael Eric Dyson and athlete Laila Ali and rapper Big Daddy Kane also chiming in. The conversation in the clip focused on Ali’s father, late boxing legend Muhammad Ali and his proto-hip hop rhymes, swag and mission to bring honor to the pan-African culture.
Much more about the symbiotic relationship between the two fields will be covered in the documentary. According to the official description:
While much content has been produced celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, ESPN’s E60 takes a different approach with an examination of the evolution of Hip Hop and its relationship with sports. The documentary includes interviews with many rappers, artists and other personalities from the world of Hip Hop as well as scholars, journalists and commentators.
The Crossover: 50 Years of Hip Hop and Sports airs on ESPN Sept. 12 at 7:30/6:30c. It will also stream on ESPN+.