Hip Hop Culture

Guide to Hip Hop Culture and Rap Music Resources.

A Videography Collection



Spirer, Peter. Beef. United States: QD3 Entertainment, Inc, 2003.

Film examines high-profile hip-hop battles and beefs, as told by the artists themselves. Ving Rhames Narrator, 50 Cent, Kevin Anderson, B-Real, Busy Bee, Peter Alton, Peter Spirer, D M X, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, Common, Ice-T, Dr Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Mack10, Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Nas, Russell Simmons, KRS-One, M. C. Shan, Kool Moe D, Nate Dogg, Damon Dash,  Directors: Peter Spirer Writers: Peter Spirer, Peter Alton Producers: Peter Spirer, Casey Suchan, Denis Hennelly, Quincy Jones III Format: Color, NTSC Language: English Region: Region 1 Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: R (Restricted) Studio: Image Entertainment DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003 Run Time: 103 minutes   

Hip Hop Backstage Pass: Four-Movie Collection. Hollywood: Paramount, 2011.

Fade to Black: Join Jay-Z and some of the biggest names in the industry perform at his legendary retirement party at Madison Square Garden in 2003.

Wu: An inspiring tale of the Clan's rise to power, fall from greatness, and Phoenix-like rebirth.

Tupac Resurrection: This documentary uses voice-overs, interviews, and actual tracks recorded by Tupac himself. The film explores his life, music, and his death from fatal gunshot wounds in 1996.

Get Rich or Die Tryin': A rap superhero is encased in muscular flesh like armor; he reaches out to destroy his enemies with his unique talent.

Format: Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC Language: English
Region: Region 1 Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Number of discs: 4 Rated: R (Restricted) Studio: Paramount DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011 Run Time: 415 minutes

HIP HOP BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES                                                                                                            Hurt, Byron. Hip-hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2006.

An in-depth look at the sexism, violence and homophobia in rap music and hip-hop culture through the lens of a former college star athlete. Carmen Ashurst-Watson, William Jelani Cobb, Chuck Creekmur, Chuck D., De La Soul, Mos Def, Michael Eric Dyson, Beverly Guy Sheftall, Stephen Hill, Byron Hurt, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Sarah Jones, Jackson Katz, Talib Kweli, Mark Anthony Neal, Nelly, James Peterson, Kevin Powell, Busta Rhymes, and Russell Simmons.  Directed by: Byron Hurt Genre: Documentary, Music Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute Release year: 2007    http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/hiphop/

Spirer, Peter. Rhyme & Reason. Burbank: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2000.

Documentary explores the history of hip hop culture, how rap evolved to become a major cultural voice, a multi-billion dollar industry, and what the artists have to say about the music's images and reputation. Starring: Grandmaster Caz, Mobb Deep, Treach, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Mack10, Nas, KRS-One, Wu-Tang Clan  Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 01/25/2005 Run time: 93 minutes Rating: R Language: English Region: Region 1  Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated)

Robbins, Brian. The Show. Santa Monica, CA: Rysher Entertainment, 2004.        

"The Show" takes place in the hip-hop world circa 1994-5. Black and white concert footage is interspersed with color scenes of life on a tour bus, in the studio, at the club, or in jail. Film goes back and forth between the concert and documentary footage, illustrating both sides of life behind a microphone. Actors: Craig Mack, Dr. Dre, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, Sean Combs
Directors: Brian Robbins Producers: Brian Robbins, Carmen Ashford, Marvin Wadlow, Jr., Michael Tollin, Robert A. Johnson
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only) Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Number of discs: 1Rated: R (Restricted) Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004 Run Time: 93 minutes

Ice-T. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. Universal City, CA: Distributed by Vivendi Entertainment, 2012.                                          


All the  elements of the hip-hop movement are discussed with director Ice-T and the legends he interviews: Afrika Bambaataa; Eminem; Nas; Mos Def; Kanye West; Chuck D; KRS-One; Snoop Dogg; Run-DMC; and Ice Cube.
Director: Ice-T Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC Language: English Region: Region 1 Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: R (Restricted) Studio: Indomina DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012

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