Top 10: Hip Hop Documentaries

Top 10: Hip Hop Documentaries


After the release of the long-awaited documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, we thought of ten other must-see hip hop documentaries. Check out our list below and click on the titles to stream most of the full documentaries, and click on the red arrows to move to the next page.

10. Rhyme & Reason

Shot in 1997, this documentary features interviews with around eighty hip hop artists on topics like violence, race and freestyling. It also covers the history of hip hop but don’t expect to hear anything groundbreaking. The director of Rhyme & Reason tracked down great MCs like Method Man, Fatlip, Redman, Nas and Guru. On the downside, the movie also has its fair share of second rate clowns like Da Bratt and Kriss Kross, for that reason it sticks to number 10.

9. King Of The Beats

Recent documentary featuring Psycho Les, Casanova Rud, TR Love and Minnesota. They get 40 bucks each to go diggin’ for crates. Casanova comes across as a loud mouth with a lot of stories from the good old days. TR Love is still passionate about vinyl and he misses the golden age of sampling. Minnesota seems to be a serious man who knows what he’s doing while Psycho Les drinks some beers while diggin. Strange though that the documentary doesn’t feature any actual beatmaking since they had to use the music they bought to make a beat… Something that Dublab’s Secondhand Sureshots did in a better way, for example.

8. The Carter

No matter what you think of Lil Wayne, he is kinda interesting in this documentary. A lot of the time he is the full-proof idiot you always expected him to be: drinking syrup, getting wasted and talking bullshit. But he also works tirelessly and somehow has the talent to create a good song once in a while. Safe to say, dude lives in his own world.

  • http://potholesinmyblog.com/ Gedi

    Byron Hurt’s ‘Beyond Beats & Rhymes’ was a pretty good hip-hop documentary. Surprised to not see it on this list.

  • http://potholesinmyblog.com/ Gedi

    Also noticeably absent is ‘The Freshest Kids: A History of the B-Boy’ which is a really good documentary on break-dancing.

  • down4whuteva

    “Rhyme & Reason” on a 10th place just because da brat and kriss kross got 20 seconds of airtime…. thats just ridiculous. the footage shot at Jack the Rapper alone puts this top 3 of alltime…

  • Asdf

    Fade to Black? 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah that’s also a good one for sure!

  • JackTheRapper

    anybody remember a documentary from the late 90′s I think produced by the Rap/rock crew?? It features some of the finest artists of this era and a new group tryin to emerge??

  • guest

    Absent too is Street Life and Backstage, dope documentaries!!

  • Matthew Crestohl

    I haven’t seen all of these but every one that I’ve seen that’s rated higher than Rhyme and Reason doesn’t even come close to it. ( Block Party, Rock the Bells, Beef (1 and 2), Scratch, and Freestyle Art of Rhyme). Plus there is a Wu-Tang documentary (forget the name) with footage of their come-up and touring for 36 chambers that’s gotta be on this list.

  • Solomonpier

    is there an Eazy-e Or Game Documentary???

  • Kim Kardashian

    why the fuck is 8-mile not on this?

    • HomeyTheClown

      Because it’s not a documentary you fuckin gump

  • Dave

    There’s a bigger list of Hip Hop documentaries to watch here if anyone is intersted : )

    http://watchdocumentariesonline.net/home/cats/Hip%20Hop/0

  • Kid Tsu