Our Top 5: Hip Hop Films

Posted 18 August 2015 about Straight Outta Compton.

Hannah's Top 5 Hip Hop Films

Early hip hop managed to tap into the consciousness of a whole generation and has since become a globally recognised art form. In anticipation of the release of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ we’ve come up with a list of our favourite hip hop films. Starring (and even made by) some of the world’s best artists, these films represent an important slice of American culture.

Wild Style (1983)

Docudrama charting the career and personal life of graffiti artist Zoro, a South Bronx graffiti artist who is hired to paint the backdrop for an upcoming rap concert. ‘Wild Style’ is a colourful portrayal of life in '80s New York and perfectly captures the innocence of the early hip hop scene.

Beat, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

An intimate look at the influential hip hop group whose breakup in 1998 shocked and devastated millions of fans. Ten years later, they’re back together for a sold out US tour which was captured by filmmaker and fan Michael Rapaport.

Friday (1995)

A glimpse of one day in the life of two friends, Smokey (Chris Tucker) and Craig (Ice Cube). Craig has just been fired from his job and must raise the $200 he owes a notorious drug dealer by 10pm that night. Hilarious look at life in the hood with some outrageous characters. This classic stoner buddy comedy even spawned two sequels.

The Wackness (2008)

Coming of age drama starring Josh Peck as Luke Shapiro who spends his last summer before college selling dope in exchange for therapy whilst trying to win over the girl of his dreams. With a pulsing soundtrack including Nas, Wu Tang Clan and Notorious B.I.G.

Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

Directed by Ice-T, this documentary gives an all access account of the inner minds of the world’s greatest rap artists. Including interviews with Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and KRS-One to name a few, ‘Something From Nothing’ is an intimate look at one of the most influential movements in music history.

Hannah Canham

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