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The 15 Best Hip Hop Movies On Netflix Instant Streaming

Netflix streaming is hit or miss when it comes to quality movies. I recently sifted through the Netflix search to put together a list featuring the best hip hop documentaries and movies currently available to watch instantly. If you find some more titles that become available or if any of these titles are no longer available, please share that information in the comment section below. Enjoy! In Alphabetical Order

 

1. 30 For 30: Straight Outta L.A.

 

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Film Summary

 

In 1982, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis beat the NFL in court and moved his team from Oakland to Los Angeles. With a squad as colorful as its owner, the Raiders captivated a large number of black and Hispanic fans in L.A. at a time when gang warfare, immigration and the real estate boom were rapidly changing the city. The L.A. Raiders morphed into a worldwide brand as the team’s colors, swagger and anti-establishment ethos became linked with the hip-hop scene that was permeating South Central Los Angeles. Rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube was not only witness to this evolution, he was also a part of it. As a member of the notorious rap group N.W.A, Ice Cube helped make the silver and black culturally significant to a new generation and demographic. Still a die-hard Raiders fan, Cube will explore the unlikely marriage between the NFL’s rebel franchise and America’s glamour city and show how pro football’s outlaw team became the toast of La La Land. – ESPN

 

  2. Beef

 

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Film Summary

 

Beef is a 2003 film that documents the history of hip-hop feuds. The film’s producers were Peter Spirer, Casey Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly and the executive producer was Quincy Jones III (QD3). It was written by Peter Alton and Peter Spirer (who also directed), and was narrated by actor Ving Rhames.
This film takes a chronological look at battles (some friendly, but many personal) dating back to rap music’s infancy in the early 1980s. The notable rivalries discussed include KRS-One vs. MC Shan, Kool Moe Dee vs. Busy Bee, 50 Cent vs. Murder Inc., Tru Life vs. Mobb Deep, Common vs. Ice Cube & Westside Connection, the break-up of legendary group N.W.A, which includes Ice Cube’s abrupt departure, and the later animosty between Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, the highly publicized Jay-Z vs. Nas rivalry and the most infamous feud of them all, 2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G. – Wikipedia

 

  3. Biggie & Tupac

 

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Film Summary

 

Nick Broomfield, director of Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam and Kurt and Courtney, unleashes another provocation with Biggie and Tupac. Considering Broomfield’s track record, that the film is dangerous, sensational, and occasionally very funny is no surprise. What is somewhat shocking, in a very rewarding and commendable way, is how moving Biggie and Tupac is. Using archival footage of the two rap stars and interviews with many of those involved, Broomfield uncovers significant evidence that corrupt LAPD cops were involved in the two deaths, and that the FBI was doing surveillance on Biggie (Christopher Wallace) on the night he was murdered. – RottenTomatoes

 

  4. BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip Hop Drug Empire

 

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Film Summary

 

In 15-years the Black Mafia Family or BMF as they were called made close to 300 million dollars trafficking cocaine from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Two brothers Demetrius “Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory ran a drug enterprise that had 200 members and was connected to one of the major Mexican cartels. In the Hip-Hop music industry they created a front company called BMF Entertainment, which was a perfect mix of drugs, violence, and street cred that makes their story Hip-Hop’s version of the Godfather. BMF is a 80-minute documentary that explores the story of the 15-year investigation by the DEA, FBI and an elite drug task force called HIDTA that resulted in 41 defendants across the country being charged in one of the largest drug conspiracy cases ever. The film is a tale that combines the story of a criminal syndicate that lived on a code of honor and conduct that rivaled any of the five Mafia families, and ended just as dramatically under a hailstorm of government informants, wiretaps and surveillance that ultimately caused the downfall of the Hip-Hop Drug Empire. – BMFFilm

 

  5. Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt

 

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Film Summary

 

Jay-Z has established himself as one of the most successful and creative hip hop artists of all time. But his remarkable rise to fame was heralded by his first album Reasonable Doubt which broke new ground for Rap, telling the bitter-sweet story of a street hustler from Brooklyn with striking, coded lyrics supported by rich Soul samples. “It was about real emotions. Our real life experiences. I don’t believe it had ever been done before in this way”, says Jay-Z. This unusual album was misunderstood by many in the industry when it was first released in 1996 and Jay-Z was initially unable to find a record label to release it. Undeterred, he created his own Rocca-A-Fella Records and started on the path that now sees him not just as an outstanding Rap artist but also President of international recording and clothing companies and much more. “Reasonable Doubt is the foundation of everything I’ve done. It’s the foundation of me leaving one life to another; it’s the foundation of my career as a recording artist. It’s the foundation on which everything was built”. This Classic Album program uncovers the unusual story of how and why Reasonable Doubt was made, and the moral maze its story presents. – iTunes

 

  6. Hustle and Flow

 

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Film Summary

 

Terrence Howard plays a Memphis pimp who decides to give hardcore rapping a shot in this arresting, gritty drama. Howard plays DJay, who pimps girls out of his beat-up Chevy Nova. When he comes into the possession of an electronic keyboard, DJay plays around with it and finds he has a talent for writing and performing hard, violent lyrics. On its face, this seems like a typical “man rises from the ashes of his hardscrabble life to experience success and then watches it all crash down around him” kind of movie. It’s not a movie about suffering, success, and redemption, in other words. But it’s not as predictable as it may seem at first blush, and Howard is not your typical actor, by any shot.

 

DJay lives with his small stable of prostitutes in a tumble-down shack in the Memphis ghetto. As pimps go, he’s not exactly Donald Trump. Some dance for an exotic club during the day and hook at night; some hook all day. But the money’s not rolling in for DJay, who remains somewhat confident that he’ll someday come out ahead. When he obtains the keyboard, inspiration strikes, and a chance encounter with an old classmate (Anthony Anderson) who’s now a producer (of sorts) gives DJay the opportunity to jump out of the rotten life he’s carved for himself. This never feels like a typical rise-and-fall story, and that’s thanks in no small part to the powerful performance by Howard, who’s much better here than in the critically lauded (by some) Crash. Appearing with Howard in Crash was Ludicrous, who also has a big role in Hustle and Flow – hey, some rappers are very good actors, it turns out. Howard, aided by a crisp script from Craig Brewer, who also directed, never portrays DJay as simply a nice guy with some flaws, someone who’s been handed a bad hand and is making the best of it. It’s clear that DJay’s made all of his own choices, and the situation he finds himself in – depending on hookers for his livelihood – is of his own doing.

 

But neither does the script show DJay as being entirely bad, either, as evidenced by some surprisingly tender, moving scenes between DJay and Key (Anderson) and DJay and Shug, his pregnant woman. These scenes don’t come off as stilted or insincere, and that’s thanks especially to Howard’s strong performance. True, too, are the scenes in which DJay lays down a rap track in his home; you can feel the rage seeping through your television.

 

This movie might be a difficult sell to those who have trouble relating to the environment and atmosphere in which DJay operates. Undoubtedly those who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks will recognize aspects of their own lives, identifying strongly with one or more of the characters. But even those of us who have never lived in squalor, who’ve generally had advantages that others do not, can appreciate the intense, gray world in which DJay and his associates live. Had this been a simple, typical biography of a musician from the mean streets, it wouldn’t have had near the effectiveness, the passion of Hustle and Flow. The movie intrigues you, makes you want to know what happens to DJay, even when it’s obvious he’s a bit of a jerk. But because he’s not a stupid man, his actions cannot be painted as simply good or simply bad. Howard, in particular, is well deserving of his critical accolades here. – IMDB

 

  7. Notorious B.I.G. – Bigger Than Life

 

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Film Summary

 

We’ve never met a film about the Notorious B.I.G. we didn’t like (excluding the majorly flawed Biggie & Tupac), and filmmaker Peter Spirer’s tribute is no exception. It’s been years since we lost Biggie, but his memory lives on through the emotional recollections of his many friends, including narration by Big Daddy Kane Diddy and musings by Method Man, Easy Mo Bee, Matty C, E-40, Raekwon, and Common.

 

What truly makes this film a must-watch, though, isn’t the freestyle footage (though we always enjoy that) or the many interviews, but, rather, the never-before-seen clips of B.I.G. just prior to his murder. Watch for that, in addition to remembering what a charismatic, irreplaceable force Biggie was, and always will be. – Complex

 

  8. Reincarnated

 

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Film Summary

 

Hip Hop legend Snoop Dogg teamed up with VICE on a spiritual journey to Jamaica to reflect on his past career, including his failures, loves, regrets and losses. With this journey, Snoop intends to reincarnate himself as a Pop Reggae artist by immersing himself in Rastafari, exploring musical and religious histories deeply rooted in Jamaica His pilgrimage begins with a jaunt to a mountain-side ganja farm run by Rastas, revealing the underbelly of the Jamaican drug market. Snoop then heads down to the troubled areas of Trenchtown and Tivoli Gardens; revealing a neglected ghetto population and rampant police brutality following the exile of drug lord Chris “Coke” Dudus. Snoop also stops by the famous Alpha Boys School for an impromptu jam session. A school which has seen countless Reggae musicians pass through its youth orchestra. Snoop allows unprecedented access to his inner-workings as he makes his new album with Diplo and Angela Hunte, author of the smash hit song Empire State Of… – IMDB

 

  9. Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap

 

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Film Summary

 

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature length performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast is the film’s director and interviewer Ice-T. Taking us on a deeply personal journey Ice-T uncovers how this music of the street has grown to dominate the world. Along the way Ice-T meets a whole spectrum of Hip-Hop talent, from founders, to new faces, to the global superstars like Eminem, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. He exposes the roots and history of Rap and then, through meeting many of its most famous protagonists, studies the living mechanism of the music to reveal ‘The Art Of Rap’. This extraordinary film features unique performances from the entire cast, without resorting to archive material, to build a fresh and surprising take on the phenomenon that is Rap. – IMDB

 

  10. The Art of 16 Bars

 

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Film Summary

 

The Art of 16 Bars features interviews with major hip-hop stars that involve them discussing how they rose to prominence. Among the artists who offer their insights are 50 Cent, Nas, Kanye West, Russell Simmons, and The RZA. – Rotten Tomatoes

 

  11. The Industry

 

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Film Summary

 

The Industry is a highly entertaining and revealing documentary that goes beyond the surface of the music business to examine the inner world of the industry and the true politics behind getting an album made. – Amazon

 

  12. The Up In Smoke Tour

 

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Film Summary

 

The tour was originally called The Boyz in the Hood under the pretext of Dr. Dre’s to-be-released collaborative album The Chronic 2000 (later renamed). In September 1999, Snoop Dogg stated that he, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Xzibit, Warren G and Nate Dogg would form the line-up. By April 2000, Ice Cube was on board as part of the tour, which was slated for a June 15 start in San Diego. MC Ren, one time MC of N.W.A, was expected to join the tour in order to have reunited version of N.W.A along with Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg. Come May the tour was officially known as the Up In Smoke Tour,  and Dr. Dre was promising fans “It’s gonna be incredible. We’re gonna give everybody that’s been buying our records a real show, something they’ve never seen before.” 

 

By June, the month which the tour began in, plans were finalized with Kurupt joining the tour. It was decided that he would start the opening set which would be followed by Warren G and Xzibit, then Ice Cube would take the third spot whilst Eminem would take the fourth set. Dr. Dre would be the final set with collaborations including Snoop Dogg and the N.W.A reunion taking place during this segment. Ghostwriter and N.W.A affiliate The D.O.C. appeared on stage with Dre and Snoop Dogg on July 20, 2000 at The Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts, when they performed the intro to “Let Me Ride” and “Still D.R.E.”. Also, surprise guests were promised during various shows.  – Wikipedia

 

  13. The MC: Why We Do It

 

The MC - Why We Do It

 

Film Summary

 

“The MC: Why We Do It” takes a look inside the world of Hip Hop and MCs to explore the issues and concerns that define todays most popular music form. The MC started out as a mere introducer of musical acts, but when DJs began spinning tracks at block parties in the Bronx in the late 1970s, the MC began to rap along to the beats, emerging as the focal point of a new music form. The film not only explores the origins of MC’ing, but the environmental, spiritual and moral aspects to this art form. As Hip Hop turns 25 years old, MC’s consider the past, present and future of their music, giving a unique insight into what drives these artists to continue spitting rhymes. – IMDB

 

  14. Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel – The Life of an Outlaw

 

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Film Summary

 

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Peter Spirer (Rhyme & Reason, East Coast Mix, Volume 1: Another Reason to Rhyme, BloodTies) directs this look at the life and art of rap artist Tupac Shakur. In addition to rare footage of Shakur, the film includes interviews with significant members of the rap world like Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg. – Rotten Tomatoes

 

  15. Wu Tang Clan: Live at Montreux 2007

 

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Film Summary

 

In July 2007 the famous Stravinski Auditorium at Montreux was witness to a gathering of the Wu-Tang Clan. With the exception of the sadly deceased Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the whole Clan was present: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa. Also joining the party were some of their extended family members: Cappadonna, Streetlife and DJ Mathematics. This rare gathering of the full clan took Montreux by storm and got the whole audience on their feet and jumping with a set featuring all their best known hits and classics plus a number of solo tracks, including a clutch of Ol’ Dirty Bastard hits.

 

TRACK LISTING 1) Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing To F’Wit 2) Da Mystery Of Chess Boxin’ 3) Duel Of The Iron Mic 4) Fish 5) Grid Iron Rap 6) Bring The Pain 6) It’s Yourz 7) Liquid Swords 8) Ice Cream 9) Uzi 10) One Blood Under W 11) Do U Really (Thang Thang) 12) What The Blood Clot 13) Careful (Click Click) 14) Protect Ya Neck 15) Bring Da Ruckus 16) Tearz 17) C.R.E.A.M. 18) Method Man 19) Reunited 20) For Heaven’s Sake 21) Wu Tang 7th Chamber 22) Shadowboxin’ 23) Shimmy Shimmy Ya 24) Brooklyn Zoo 25) Got Your Money 26) Cherchez La Ghost 27) La Rhumba / Black Widow Part 2 28) Da Rockwilder 29) Triumph 30) Impossible 31) Gravel Pit – Amazon

Written by Jesse Janson for Get Right Music

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