Documentaries


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Nas’ Hip Hop Is Dead album turned 10 earlier this week, and to celebrate, the Queensbridge rapper teamed up with Mass Appeal and Google Play to put together a short documentary on his provocative project.

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Spike TV have released the trailer for Time: The Kalief Browder Story, the first project as part of Jay Z’s film and TV deal with The Weinstein Company. The six-part documentary series tells the story of Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old from the Bronx who was arrested under suspicion of stealing a book bag and spent three years in Riker’s Island (including over 1,000 days in solitary confinement) without ever being convicted.

Kalief was eventually released in 2013, but committed suicide two years later. Sadly, his mother died of “broken heart” earlier this year. Time: The Kalief Browder Story begins airing on Wednesday, March 1 at 10pm EST on Spike TV. Watch the trailer below.

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From releasing his long-awaited Konnichiwa album to winning the Mercury Prize to selling out London’s Alexandra Palace (aka Ally Pally), 2016 has been one to remember for Skepta. To cap off his career year, Apple Music are releasing a documentary called Skepta: Greatness Only on December 19. The trailer, which you can watch below, finds the North London MC reflecting on his journey thus far, including the “nervous breakdown” he suffered during his first stint with mainstream success a few years ago. These days, Skepta’s back on top — on his own terms.

Sounds like there’s a documentary on Skepta’s Boy Better Know label in the works, too.

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Chance The Rapper has released a new documentary recapping his Magnificent Coloring World Tour. From Chicago to San Francisco to Toronto and beyond, the 16-minute film follows Chano has he spreads his gospel across the continent with his band, The Social Experiment. The documentary captures many incredible moments from Chance’s North American run, like sharing the stage with Kanye West, shooting a music video with Jay Electronica and hanging out with the likes of Katy Perry and Macklemore backstage.

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J. Cole’s surprise was spoiled early Thursday morning (Dec. 1) when news leaked that he will be releasing a new album called 4 Your Eyez Only on December 9. No additional details are know about the follow-up to Cole World’s multi-platinum 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP.

Shortly after midnight on Friday (Dec. 2), J. Cole decides to release the 40-minute documentary Eyez. Premiered on TIDAL, fans asking what the Roc Nation MC has been up to get their answer in Eyez. Viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at J. Cole following a long year of touring, plus time in the studio working with various producers and previewing new records off the new album dropping next week.

Available to TIDAL and non-TIDAL subscribers, watch Eyez here and below.

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In this new documentary dubbed Welcome to the Zoo, Noisey joins Fetty Wap on tour as he plays three sold-out shows in Indianapolis, Madison and Detroit. The 23-minute film follows the Paterson, NJ native from the tour bus to the stage while showing us what the real Willie Maxwell II looks like away from all the frenzy.

No matter how successful he gets, it’s all about staying on the straight and narrow with the right people by his side for Fetty. “As far as I can remember, this was my dream–to have my whole squad with me,” he says. “We all African-Americans, so people gonna expect us to fail at one point, people gonna expect us at one point to have something illegal happen, and we’ve been doing real good for ourselves.”

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Apple Music have released the first trailer for 808, an upcoming documentary on the game-changing drum machine, Roland TR-808. The film chronicles its arrival in the early ’80s to its continued influence today, featuring interviews with producers from across the board including Pharrell, Questlove, Rick Rubin, Afrika Bambaataa, Lil Jon, T La Rock and Diplo. Zane Lowe will narrate the documentary.

808 will be released exclusively on Apple Music on December 9.

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It’s been well over a year since Tyler, The Creator dropped Cherry Bomb, but he’s got a new documentary on the making of his album coming out soon. The 45-minute film was made by Mikey Alfred and Illegal Civ Cinema, and features appearances from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Pharrell, ScHoolboy Q, The Internet and more.

Earlier today, Tyler released a short trailer for the documentary and announced he’ll debut 10 minutes of the film at his Camp Flog Gnaw Festival in Los Angeles this weekend. The full doc will be released in January.

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of JAY Z’s timeless debut album, Reasonable Doubt. Various celebrations and events have been occurring throughout the year to tribute the 1996 release. FOX 5 News joined the fun on Wednesday night (Oct. 13) with the broadcast of their Reasonable Doubt documentary. Directed by Byron Harmon, the 20-minute piece features commentary from former Roc-A-Fella CEOs Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, other appearances also comes from DJ Premier, DJ Clark Kent, Pusha T, Emory Jones, and more.

Kareem “Biggs” Burke will be bringing the Roc-A-Fella pop-up shop to New York City on Oct. 20-23. Located at 347 West Broadway, fans in the tri-state area can visit the shop for exclusive merchandise each day from 11am-7pm.

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Solange’s A Seat at the Table album, like so many others in recent years, may have come out of nowhere, but the project was a long time in the making (and you can tell — it’s amazing!) In this new documentary dubbed A Seat at the Table, Beginning Stages, Ms. Knowles shares the creative process behind her latest LP, which began to take shape as far back as 2013. There are no interviews or commentary here — just raw studio footage as Solange jams away with Sampha, session musicians and her son, Julez, putting together what would go on to become one of the best albums of 2016.

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