H.I.P. H.O.P. was France's first television show and first regular nationwide weekly show in the world to be dedicated to the hip hop culture. It was broadcast each Sunday afternoon on the French national channel TF1 in 1984, from January 14, for 43 weeks, which had a certain impact on the beginnings of the French hip hop scene. The host was Sidney, who was already presenting a hip hop radio program since 1981, along with the Paris City Breakers. They had guests such as Herbie Hancock on February 19, Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Afrika Bambaataa, The Rock Steady Crew, Art of Noise or Madonna and graffiti artists such as Futura 2000.
Michael Holman, host of "Graffiti Rock", claims to be the very first person to broadcast a nationwide, Hip Hop TV Show, but "Graffiti Rock" was released only on June, 1984, by 88 syndicated stations across the US, starring Kool Moe Dee, Special K, Run DMC, The New York City Breakers. Two years before, in 1982, Holman aired on New York Cable TV two much earlier shows that were dedicated to Hip Hop Culture called "On Beat" and "TV New York". These local TV shows featured Hip Hop artists such as: Fab 5 Freddy, DJ High Priest, The New York City Breakers, Phase II, Futura, DJ Jazzy Joyce, K-Rob & Tim Single.
- About H.I.P. H.O.P. and Sidney on MCM website (in French)
- Video: H.I.P. H.O.P., February 19, 1984, youtube.com.