In November of last year it was reported that VH1 announced that they will air a new four-part “Rock Doc” series based on record executive Steve Stoute’s 2011 book The Tanning of America.

At the time of the initial report, it was revealed that the first episode of the documentary series was slated to air in February 2014, and it would examine how Hip Hop became the dominant force that it is today.

Now as promised, with February coming to a wrap, the first episode, “Word Is Born,” in VH1′s The Tanning Of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop documentary series has been released.

Watch part one of the The Tanning Of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop documentary series below and if you missed it, you can go back out check out the press release for the series [here].