Documentaries


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Sunday (May 21) marks what would have been The Notorious B.I.G.’s 45th birthday. In honor of the iconic rapper, Diddy made a special appearance during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards to tribute his late friend and labelmate, who was killed 20 years ago this past March. “It all started with the Notorious B.I.G.,” said Diddy. “Big sold over 25 million records worldwide; his Ready to Die album, his Life After Death album, classics… Biggie was the best rapper I ever had the chance to work with. Watching him and seeing him work is something that words can’t explain.” The mogul would later be joined by Biggie’s son CJ Wallace, who also delivered some great words about his father saying, “I know my father is looking down on all of us tonight.”

Taking advantage of the moment, Diddy debuted the trailer to the upcoming Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story documentary. The Live Nation-produced film premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in late April, chronicling the rise of Bad Boy Records during the 90s, plus documents the lead up to the 20th anniversary Bad Boy reunion shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2016.

Watch the trailer below as the documentary premieres exclusively on Apple Music on June 25.

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Zaytoven x Mini Doc
 

Following the release of his Zaytoven-produced banger “Living” featuring Quavo and Skippa Da Flippa, Westcoast native Lost God liberates the songs creation process in an exclusive mini-documentary. Check out in-studio clip after the jump as well as the final product.

Look out for more from the pair collectively and individually dropping soon.

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HBO have released the first teaser trailer for The Defiant Ones, an upcoming documentary on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, two of the biggest moguls in music history. Directed by Allen Hughes (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents), the four-part film shows how Dre and Jimmy achieved the American Dream as the brains behind billion dollar companies like Interscope Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

According to HBO, The Defiant Ones is “an unquestionably bold film about the unlikely but ultimately unbreakable bond of trust and friendship between two street-smart men from different worlds who have shaped many of the most exciting and extreme moments in recent pop culture.” The Defiant Ones premieres July 9 on HBO.

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Streaming may have overtaken sales, but those who purchased the deluxe edition of Logic’s new album Everybody also received a documentary following the creation of the project. In this two-and-a-half-minute trailer, we get to see all the bodies that made Everybody happen (including Killer Mike, Juicy J and Khalid) while Logic discusses his latest body of work. “I made this album so I could vent,” he says. “This is who I am: I am black and I’m proud, I’m white and I’m not ashamed, I am bi-racial and I am a beautiful human being.”

The Everybody documentary is available on iTunes.

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Diddy’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story documentary is coming to Apple Music this summer. Ahead of its premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival in NYC on Thursday night (Apr. 27), the music mogul announces the film will debut on the streaming platform starting on June 25. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop chronicles the beginning and rise of Bad Boy Records during the 90s, plus documents the lead up to the 20th anniversary Bad Boy reunion shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2016.

“I went to the [Bad Boy Reuion] concert and thought it was incredible,” says Jimmy Iovine, Apple Music chairman and CEO, in a statement to Billboard. “I think Puff and Bad Boy’s story is incredible and one that a lot of people can relate to in any genre or in any business. His story is powerful. He really overcame a lot to get to where he’s at today and the documentary shows that.”

I knew this was a story that should be shared with the world,” said Diddy in a statement “Heather Parry and Live Nation Productions, and Director Daniel Kaufman, helped create this very special documentary. Now I’m blessed to also be working with Apple to showcase the film and share Bad Boy’s history and impact with fans. The support Live Nation, Apple and everyone on the team has given to this project is a true testament to the Bad Boy legacy.”

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Two years ago, J. Cole and Dreamville Records partnered with HBO to release the Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming documentary, centered around a one-night only concert in the rapper’s hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole World and HBO now return to shine the light on deeper issues across America, specifically southern states, in the new documentary 4 Your Eyez Only.

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30 for 30
 

ESPN’s latest 30 For 30 special features none other then the legendary rivalry between Larry Bird’s Celtics and Magic Johnson’s Lakers. Dating back to the 1980’s, the two sides have hated each other and played physical every minute they’ve been on the court.

Watch the trailer for the highly anticipated short film after the break and catch it’s television premiere on June 13.

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Kodak Black’s Painting Pictures debut album is out now, featuring appearances by Future, Bun B, Jeezy, Young Thug, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. To go along with the album, Kodak Black releases a new documentary entitled Project Baby. The 25-minute documentary gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the Florida rapper, who was raised in the streets of Pompano Beach.

Kodak details his life growing up, start as a rapper, his rise to fame, and various legal issues that has hampered him. Along with commentary from Kodak himself, his family and childhood friends also make appearances in the documentary. The young star currently remains in jail for violating probation earlier this month, as the status of his release is unknown.

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For Civil TV’s latest installment of ‘Welcome To My Neighborhood,’ the crew heads to Brooklyn to link up with Taxstone mentee Casanova in his old stomping grounds. The min-doc finds the “Don’t Run” rapper detailing his transition from robber to rapper, the “new” New York rap scene, Be Safe Tho the mixtape and more.

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Grillz Doc
 

National Geographic showcases the evolution of jeweled teeth, from ancient caves to modern- day rappers, in their brand new mini-documentary ‘The Secret History Grillz.’ Debuted early this month on the multi-media platforms television channel, the three minute clip includes cameos by Paul Wall, Ashanti, C. Stone and celebrity jeweler Johnny Dang.

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