Here are five hip-hop documentaries on Netflix you need to watch
Hip-hop is undeniably one of the most popular genres today. Flooding the charts and dance floors, the genre has become an integral part of (almost) anyone’s life. Hip-hop nowadays is sometimes so commercialized that you’d almost forget the rich and complex history it has. We picked out five hip-hop documentaries on Netflix that will reintroduce the genre and expand your knowledge.
Article by Jeroen Poelmans
RAPTURE: INSIGHT INTO THE PERSONAL LIFE OF HIP-HOP ARTISTS
Logic, Nas, G-Eazy, 2 Chainz, Dave East, Rapsody, A Boogie with da Hoodie and Just Blaze: director Sacha Jenkins picked an interesting section of rappers and producers for the Rapture documentary. Each episode of the series gives you an insight into the personal drive and life of an artist, from the writing process to the struggles. It’s the small moments of intimacy, whether it be a family story or an emotional interview answer, that makes each episode special.
WHO KILLED JAM MASTER JAY?: A HIP-HOP TRUE CRIME SERIES
2002. Assailants open fire at Run DMC's Jam Master Jay, killing the legendary DJ at age 37. Now, 17 years later, Netflix launches a documentary series called 'Who Killed Jam Master Jay?' full of interviews with his friends, family, and acquaintances. They all share the stories they heard regarding the suspects in this murder.
HIP-HOP EVOLUTION: GET EDUCATED ON HIP-HOP HISTORY
Looking for something that provides more general information about rap and hip-hop? Hip-Hop Evolution is a documentary series on the origin of the genre in 1970s New York and its evolution over the next decades. The series features interviews with some of the world’s most influential rappers and MCs, such as Kool Herc, Ice Cube, Puff Daddy, KRS-One, and more. Must watch!
THE DEFIANT ONES: A GUIDELINE ON HOW TO BECOME LEGENDARY
An exploration of the careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, two legendary artists who changed the music industry forever. That’s exactly what you can expect of The Defiant Ones, a docu-series by Allen Hughes, Doug Pray, and Lasse Jarvi. The Defiant Ones illustrates how two talented kids with totally different backgrounds (a black kid from Compton and an Italian kid from Brooklyn) came together, worked tremendously hard, and became billionaires. It’s a story in honor of those who cross lines, fight back, and break barriers.
BAD RAP: THE STRUGGLES FACED AS AN ASIAN-AMERICAN RAPPER
Ever wondered why so few Asian-American rappers manage to break into the mainstream? Bad Rap follows the stories of Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks, four young artists that are desperate to become successful in a scene that considers them as outsiders. A story about the struggle of trying to fit into a niche community that rejects you.
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