Wondery and Audible have announced a new limited audio series titled “Class of ’88,” hosted by Will Smith.
The series celebrates the landmark year of 1988 in hip-hop culture. And Will Smith will speak with some of the biggest names in the hip-hop game, including Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Rakim, Fab 5 Freddy, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Chuck D, J.J. Fad, and DJ Red Alert. This podcast is produced by Wondery, Audible, Westbrook, and Awfully Nice and is part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of hip-hop.
You can expect to hear some in-depth, funny, and emotional interviews, where these artists share their experiences and insights into the genre. All eight episodes are available on Amazon Music and Audible. You can catch the ‘Class of ’88 podcast on Amazon Music and Audible with it being ad-free for Amazon Prime members
If you’re wondering why 1988, it’s because that year was a game-changer for hip-hop. It was the year it began to influence everything from fashion to film. It also marked the debut of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince with their hit single “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” They would go on to become a first group to ever when a hip hop Grammy. Also N.W.A, EPMD, MC Lyte, and Big Daddy Kane came out of that year and iconic albums like Public Enemy’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,” Eric B. & Rakim’s “Follow the Leader,” and Run-D.M.C.’s “Tougher Than Leather” made waves.
This podcast series isn’t just about nostalgia; it’s about recognizing the historical importance of 1988 in the hip-hop world. Will Smith will give you a unique perspective on this iconic year, sharing milestone moments, albums, and the artists who helped hip-hop evolve.
You can catch the ‘Class of ’88 podcast on Amazon Music and Audible with it being ad-free for Amazon Prime members, check out the trailer for it below.