Documentaries


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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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True to his name, Nipsey Hussle is a born hustler. Despite his lack of musical output in recent years and perpetual delay of his Victory Lap album, the Crenshaw rapper has remained lucrative with his Proud2Pay campaign and Marathon clothing line. In this new documentary, WorldStarHipHop follows Neighborhood Nip’s humble beginnings from selling tees out of his trunk to opening up his very own TMC store in his hood.

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First teased last year, Tyler the Creator’s Cherry Bomb: The Documentary was released back in January. Directed by Mikey Alfred of Illegal Civilization, the film revolves around the creation of Tyler’s 2015 album of the same name. On Tuesday (May 30), Alfred unlocked the full 43-minute video online.

The documentary features interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the rapper/producer/designer working on his Cherry Bomb LP, recording with the likes of Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne. Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Kendall Jenner, Vince Staples, and more make cameos in the film which can be watched in full below.

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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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