Perfect Beat, The

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The Perfect Beat begins at a time when megastars like Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Metallica filled arenas around the world and moves on to chronicle the rise of a new musical form: rap. From the Bronx to Detroit, from Chicago to Manchester, England; from Grandmaster Flash to Run-DMC; from De La Soul to British innovators New Order to the Beastie Boys, the program traces the evolution of this new sound in the'80s and early '90s. The hour shows how superstars like Madonna and Prince folded rap and its funky electronic offshoots, techno and house, into their music, and how MTV ultimately embraced it. And the beat goes on...