In the early '70s, the South Bronx gave birth to several distinct but related phenomena which would in time be heard around the world. This documentary takes a looks at the pioneers of Bronx hip-hop, featuring interviews Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, and Fab Five Freddy as well as current rap and hip-hop artists who acknowledge the importance of these musical pioneers such as Redman, Mos Def, and Jurassic Five.
Featuring rap master Melle Mel, this documentary attempts to describes the history of rap and hip-hop from its roots in earlier oral and musical traditions to its full flowering in the mid-1990s. There is commentary by hip hop legends including Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa (rap’s early innovators), music critic Nelson George (author of Hiphopamerica); jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron; actor and rapper Ice Cube; frapper Snoop Doggy Dogg; members of Public Enemy, Arrested Development, and the jazz/hip-hop fusion group UFO; and others speak out about the urban African-American experience, civil rights, social responsibility, and other pressing topics. Clips from music videos provide a visual perspective on the genre. Some images and lyrics may be objectionable.
This documentary spotlights hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar Senegal featuring rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal. It also examines hip-hop's role on the political process.
Over 80 significant artists in rap and hip hop music are interviewed in this documentary by filmmaker Peter Spirer. This film explores the history of hip hop culture, how rap evolved to become a major cultural voice, and what the artists have to say about the music's often controversial images and reputation. Interviewees include KurtisBlow, KRS-One, Chuck D, Ice-T, Dr. Dre, MC Eiht, Wu-Tang Clan, The Fugees, and Sean "Puffy" Combs.