Landmark 2015 documentary 808 chronicles the incredible story of the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine. The film features commentary and contributions from such superstars as Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, Damon Albarn, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), as well as pioneering artists and producers including Rick Rubin, Jellybean Benitez, Hank Shocklee, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
808's killer accompanying soundtrack gathers an array of era-spanning tracks born of and inspired by the 808, including 1982's world-changing "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force plus further cuts from the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Man Parrish, T La Rock & Jazzy J, 808 State, Felix da Housecat, Planet Patrol, Shannon, Strafe, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Flux Pavillion, Jamie xx and Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth.
808 tells the remarkable tale of how one small machine changed the course of music history, spawning myriad styles across boundaries of time and genre, its defining sound as resonant today as ever before. First introduced in 1980, the 808 fueled an age of explosive artistic creation that began with electro, hip-hop, and synthpop but soon erupted into such diverse forms as acid house, techno, drum & bass, and dubstep. Despite being produced in limited numbers before its sudden discontinuation by Roland in 1983, the 808 lived on, and more than three decades later, it remains a vital element in contemporary hip-hop and R&B as well as an ever-present influence on modern EDM and pop music.