808 chronicles the incredible story of the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine, a small but powerful piece of technology that changed the course of music history. Narrated by Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, the film features commentary and contributions from such superstars as Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, The Beastie Boys, Damon Albarn, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), as well as pioneering producers including Rick Rubin, Jellybean Benitez, Hank Shocklee, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
The filmmakers’ three-year-journey concludes in the 808’s birthplace of Japan, where Roland founder Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi at last reveals the untold reason for the machine’s mysterious early discontinuation, just as it was turning up on more hit records than any other drum machine.
"The rhythm of an 80 has its own internal groove." - Rick Rubin
The feature length documentary is available today for download on the iTunes Store (available for rental December 23).
808: The Music
1) Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock
2) Beastie Boys - Paul Revere
3) Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush the Show
4) Man Parrish - Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)
5) Planet Patrol - Play At Your Own Risk
6) Shannon - Let The Music Play
7) Strafe - Set It Off
8) T La Rock / Jazzy J - It’s Yours
9) 808 State – Flow Coma
10) Felix da Housecat – Kickdrum
11) Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz- What U Gon’ Do (feat. Lil Scrappy)
12) Flux Pavilion – Vibrate
13) Jamie xx - Gosh
14) Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth - “Nothing But Trouble”