Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 3.30AM Thu 5 April 2012

Life of Rhyme explores British MC culture and its unique contribution to spoken word and poetry, be it via rap, jungle, drum and bass, garage or grime.

Presented by rap and hip hop artist Akala, the documentary celebrates the incredible flourishing of lyricism and poetry amongst British youth, as evidenced by the success and popularity of artists from Roots Manuva, Wiley and Dizzee Rascal to Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 and Devlin.

Featuring a mixture of performance, interview and actuality, the film explores the history of how this scene has developed, evolved and exploded into the mainstream; and the power of words to motivate and inspire.

From an underground 'battle' to a teacher in Folkestone using grime lyrics to teach an English lesson, Life of Rhyme illustrates that at heart and at its best, the art of UK MC culture is a poetic representation of modern British life, and not a pale home-grown imitation of an American import.

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Presented by acclaimed hip hop artist Akala, Life of Rhyme explores spoken word and rap, featuring performances and the story of how the UK scene evolved and developed