Five Must-See Documentaries We Reccommend Hip-Hop Heads To Watch.

Posted By: Admin On January 29th, 2013 In Tutorials.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2008)

If you call yourself a true Hip-Hop head, then you definitely know who 'A Tribe Called Quest' is. Hailing as the most pervasive and inventive Hip-Hop group out of the 90's, emcees Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and the late Phife Dawg are chronicled in this brilliant 2008 documentary directed by Michael Rapport. "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest" is definitely a documentary we suggest for all Hip-Hop heads to watch.

"Hip-Hop Evolution (A Netflix Original)" (2016)

"Hip-Hop Evolution (A Netflix Original)" is a four-part documentary that takes Hip-Hop heads back to the very beginning. The Netflix Original takes viewers back to the 1970's when Hip-Hop culture began to emerge out of the South Bronx. Chronicling Hip-Hop founders DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash (to name a few), "Hip-Hop Evolution" should definitely be added onto your Netflix favorites list.


Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap (2012)

Directed by Ice-T, the 2008 documentary "Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap" focuses on the crafting of Hip-Hop music. With interviews from prominent Hip-Hop artists such as Ice Cube, B-Real, MC Lyte and Dr.Dre, "Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap" gets a 5 out of 5 rating from us.


Rhyme & Reason (1997)

Peter Spirer's documentary "Rhyme & Reason" traces Hip-Hop culture from it's native New York to its standing in the commercial industry. Exposing Hip-Hop's true art form, Spirer interviews notable Hip-Hop icons such as The Notorious B.I.G., KRS-One, Lauryn Hill and Master P. We highly recommend Hip-Hop heads add this documentary to their "To Do" list.

Bad Rap (2016)

This 2016 documentary directed by Jaeki Cho, documents four Asian-American rappers who run into their own struggles to gain credibility in Hip-Hop music, a genre rooted mostly in black culture. The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2016 and has since screened in other film festivals worldwide. Despite the title, this documentary gets nothing short of a good review here.