Hip-hop's rich, colorfully complex history makes it a supreme subject for a documentary. It has an arc, an unstoppable momentum that humbly sprouts from the streets of the Bronx, birthed from a hunger for a true sense of originality. It has its forefathers (Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Flash, and Melle Mel) and its ground breakers (Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, and N.W.A.). And yes, it has strife in spades, but it also has something pop music will never truly comprehend—community.
Any good hip-hop documentary addresses each of these integral elements with personal panache all its own, which is why, in our opinion, there can never be too many of them. Ice-T's new doc, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, which debuted last Friday, is the latest welcome addition, a film that revisits the golden age of the genre with its greats (Chuck D, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz) and uses conversations with its newer successors (Kanye West, Eminem, and Nas) to scratch at an important question: How does America view rap music? Is it getting the respect it deserves?
It's a quandary worth giving thought to, but before you set off trying to define what rap means to an entire nation, you should probably know why it means what it does to you. You should have your graffiti facts and your breaking history straight, and have a full spectrum view of what makes hip-hop music what it is and how it got there. Allow rap to reintroduce itself with our list of The 25 Best Hip-Hop Documentaries.monsters university characters marywood university seton hill university korea university tiffin university university of utah hospital st.johns university wayland baptist university edinboro university university of the incarnate word american military university login the ohio state university queen's university monsters university rush university southern connecticut state university ashford university student portal graceland university emerson process management the university of texas at austin minot state university west coast university sports management st johns university indiana state university university of minnesota duluth university of san francisco north greenville university susquehanna university concord university oral roberts university basketball san jose state university muskingum university youngstown state university central connecticut state university olivet nazarene university hofstra university fort valley state university (https //id.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/id/management/) east tennessee state university transylvania university university of richmond phoenix university login warner university northwestern university frostburg state university ouachita baptist university eastern illinois university central washington university kansas state university university of mary washington lindenwood university monsters university characters butler university rivier university northern kentucky university westcliff university bucknell university lasell university william carey university florida polytechnic university rutgers university trump university anger management techniques georgetown university eastern university wilkes university felician university university of illinois texas university duke university acceptance rate viterbo university independence university university of lynchburg marywood university university of redlands st johns university southern arkansas university university of california santa cruz university college london university of portland rivier university university of north alabama enterprise fleet management dordt university william paterson university central connecticut state university southern management southern utah university barry university cornell university carnegie mellon university time management quotes university of waterloo jordan 12 university gold bryant university arizona university colorado university brenau university university of colorado where is stanford university fordham university trump university digital asset management gonzaga university university of texas football gwynedd mercy university north dakota state university middle creek wildlife management area ryerson university dallas baptist university mercyhurst university post university university mall friendship university