Listed below are various interesting videos and documentaries that will inform you on numerous hip-hop topics. They array from the murders of Biggie & Tupac to the effect of NWA and the LA Raiders in the inner city culture.
30 For 30: Straight Outta LA (2010)
Director Ice Cube explores how the Los Angeles Raiders influenced the turbulent culture of South Central L.A. after moving to the city in the 1980s.
This documentary follows rapper Jay-Z’s 1999 Hard Knock Life tour with rappers Method Man, DMX, and Redman — a tour that packed halls at 54 shows.
Biggie & Tupac (2002)
British documentarian Nick Broomfield investigates the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, digging up some surprises in the process.
BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire (2012)
Record label BMF Entertainment is known less for its hip-hop acts and more for its role as the front for a $300 million cocaine trafficking operation.
Eminem AKA (2004)
Follow Eminem’s rise to fame in this documentary that recounts the groundbreaking rapper’s early years, featuring interviews with family and friends.
Jay-Z: Bloomberg Game Changers (2010)
Raised in the projects of Brooklyn, Shawn Carter overcame a hardscrabble childhood and blossomed into rapper and mogul Jay-Z.
Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops (2006)
This documentary uncovers the existence of “Hip-Hop Cops,” an alleged effort by the police and FBI to monitor hip-hop’s biggest names.
Vice magazine’s Andy Capper follows rapper Snoop Dogg on a pilgrimage to Jamaica, where he rechristens himself Snoop Lion, a reggae artist.
This documentary examines the relationship between prison and hip-hop while telling the stories of convicted rappers like Prodigy and Slick Rick.
Rhyme & Reason (1997)
The world and culture of rap song topics such as race, violence, police, family and sex are examined by hip-hop performers from both coasts.
Skid Row (2007)
Hip-hop artist Pras goes undercover on Los Angeles’s Skid Row and documents his experiences living as a homeless person on the violent streets.
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)
In his directorial debut, Ice-T interviews dozens of rap artists about their creative processes, and profiles the art form’s history and evolution.
The Weird World Of Blowfly (2010)
Time hasn’t mellowed caped comedian Blowfly. This unflinching biopic follows the 69-year-old funk machine as he mounts a comeback tour.
Style Wars (1983)
This 1983 documentary charts a trend taking over New York City, with graffiti artists transforming the urban landscape through a new visual dialect.
Red Bull BC One – New York 2009 (2009)
Sixteen B-boys hit the birthplace of hip-hop on the streets of New York City for one of the biggest break-dance competitions, the Red Bull BC One.
Wild Style (1983) (movie)
A graffiti “tagger” taken under the wing of an East Village art collector prepares for a festival of rap and hip-hop music. This film details the early 1980s cultural turning point that occurred in New York City’s South Bronx.