Documentaries


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Apple Music have released the trailer for Danny Brown: Live at The Majestic, a documentary on the Detroit rapper’s concert at the historic Majestic Theatre. Directed by Andrew Cohn, the film features intimate footage of Danny’s long-awaited homecoming performance as well as his early career, the making of his breakout album XXX and numerous die hard fans whose lives have been impacted by Danny’s music.

“For people that wanna be a musician or an artist, it shows the growth and the progress that it takes, and the patience that it takes, to get to where you wanna get to,” Danny tells Complex. “But also, to me, it’s looking at the other people and seeing how my music reflects on them.”

Danny Brown: Live at The Majestic premieres November 7 on Apple Music.

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Yo Gotti delivered one of hottest tracks this year with his “Rake It Up” collaboration featuring Nicki Minaj. The platinum-selling record sits at No. 1 on Rhythmic radio and the Memphis rapper now rides off that momentum with his new album, I Still Am. The follow-up to 2016’s The Art of Hustle is lead by the Mike WiLL Made-It club banger with the Young Money Queen.

Coming in at 13 tracks, I Still Am boasts guest appearances by Chris Brown (“Save It For Me”), Meek Mill (“One on One”), 21 Savage (“Yellow Tape”), French Montana (“Oh Yeah”) and YFN Lucci. Along with the album, the King of Memphis teams up with TIDAL for an accompanying documentary that gives viewers a more personal look at the southern rapper. Out now on iTunes, stream Yo Gotti’s new full-length LP + documentary below and watch his visit to The Breakfast Club here.

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Watch Stormzy's New Short Film 'Gang Sings & Prayer'
 

In conjunction with YouTube and The FADER, Rollo Jackson directed Stormzy’s insightful new short film ‘Gang Signs & Prayer.’ Detailing the UK recording artist’s inner battles and temptations as he becomes the master of his own destiny, the film beautifully visualizes the themes of his debut LP and serves as yet another milestone for the talented emcee.

Watch the 16 minute documentary after the break and purchase the album via iTunes here.

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Dreamville artist Lute is getting set to drop his new project, West 1996 Part 2, this Friday. Before it arrives in three days, the Charlotte MC return with the album’s second single. Titled “Premonition,” the record pairs Lute with his new labelmates EARTHGANG and producer Cam O’bi, known for his work with J. Cole, SZA and Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, and Big Sean. Out now on iTunes, stream “Premonition” below and check out Lute’s Still Slummin’ documentary.

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For those still sleeping on the undeniably dope Smino, allow this new documentary to get you up to speed. Filmed by the good folks at Mass Appeal, Day Zero follows the St. Louis rapper on the final — and homecoming — show of his first headlining tour while introducing us to his friends and family (including his grandfather, who played with the legendary Muddy Waters back in the day). The 25-minute film is an intimate portrait of St. Louis’ finest export since Nelly. Though he left home — and slept in a studio — to pursue his passion, Smino still holds his hometown close to heart.

Smino’s debut album blkswn is out now.

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J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only documentary was a powerful watch about the daily struggles of regular life in black communities across the South. For his latest television project, Cole is continuing to give some of the least visible people a voice by executive producing a docuseries on three young black men growing up in his home state of North Carolina.

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A&E have released a new teaser trailer for their upcoming documentary Biggie: The Life of the Notorious B.I.G., which gives us a glimpse at the kind of star power we can expect to see in the film. In the 30-second clip below, two of Biggie’s biggest fans, JAY-Z and Nas, talk about their love for the late Bad Boy rapper while reciting rhymes from “Who Shot Ya?” The documentary will also include interviews with the likes of Diddy, Lil Cease and Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace.

The first biography to be authorized by his estate, Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. premieres September 4 at 8pm on A&E.

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Like any sibling rivalry, it’s no secret that Kanye West has been at odds with his big brother JAY-Z lately. From Kanye calling out Hov on stage and leaving TIDAL to Jay firing subliminal shots at Kanye on his 4:44 album, The Throne isn’t as united as it once was. In this new documentary called Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs Kanye, Ye and Jay’s storied yet soured relationship gets put under the microscope with “unseen footage” and “unreleased testimonies” from the likes of Just Blaze, GLC, DJ Clark Kent and Touré.

Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs Kanye premieres Monday on UK TV’s Channel 4, but those savvy enough should be able to figure out a way to watch it in America.

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Welcome To My Neighborhood x Mozzy
 

Mozzy takes us on a tour of his Sactown stomping grounds for Civil TV’s recent installment of “Welcome To My Neighborhood.” The rising emcee discusses going from rags to riches, his “slimey” way of living and more in the mini-doc.

Watch the captivating clip after the jump and purchase his Dreadlocks & Headshots LP with Gunplay here.

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JAY-Z’s new album 4:44 is out now, available exclusively on TIDAL and Sprint before arriving to other streaming services this Friday (Jul. 7). Physical copies of the Brooklyn MC’s 13th studio LP are also expected to hit stores on the same day. On Monday (Jul. 3), JAY-Z released Episode 1 of Footnotes For The Story Of O.J in support of the new album.

The 8-minute clip features commentary from JAY-Z, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Rock, CNN’s Van Jones, Trevor Noah, Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan, and more discussing race relations and social injustice across the nation. The clip ends with a teaser of the upcoming “4:44″ music video, set to premiere on Friday at 4:44 p.m. EST.

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