Documentaries


cozz effected documentary

If you slept on Cozz’s last two projects — Cozz & Effect and Nothin Personal — then allow this new mini documentary to serve as your overdue introduction to Dreamville’s secret weapon. Directed by Darius Turbak, the 10-minute film finds the South Central rapper reflecting on his journey so far — from struggling in school and quitting his job at Pinkberry to getting signed by Dreamville and recording his upcoming album Effected. “When I made this project, I wasn’t thinking of nobody else. I wasn’t even listening to nobody else. I wasn’t even comparing myself to nobody else. I was just competing against myself,” he says. “I think this album is the best Cozz to date.”

Featuring impressive tracks like “Questions” and “Ignorant Confidence,” plus collaborations with J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Curren$y, he might just be right. Effected drops at midnight tonight.

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rapture netflix

After picking up documentaries like Time Is Illmatic, The Art of Organized Noize and Fresh Dressed, Netflix are releasing their own hip-hop documentary series called Rapture this Spring. The eight-part series “focuses on rappers’ personal and professional lives,” according to Pitchfork, and features appearances from Nas, 2 Chainz, Rapsody. T.I., Logic, Just Blaze, Dave East, G-Eazy and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

Rapture premieres March 30 on Netflix. Watch the trailer below.

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word is bond

Here’s our first look at Word Is Bond, an upcoming documentary that “examines the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop music.” Directed by hip-hop renaissance man Sacha Jenkins, the film features archival footage and in-depth interviews with MCs like Nas, Rakim, Pusha T, J. Cole, Vince Staples, Jadakiss, Styles P, Rapsody, Tech N9ne, Royce Da 5’9″, Freeway, Brother Ali and Rhymefest, who proudly proclaims, “Rap is like the Bible, G!”

Word Is Bond premieres Friday, February 16 at 10pm ET on Showtime. Watch the trailer below.

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g herbo documentary

G Herbo’s Humble Beast was one of the best albums of 2017, but if it taught us anything, it’s that his journey thus far has been anything but easy. In this new documentary called City of Sorrow, Mass Appeal takes us into the heart of the city that made Herb — from the dangerous East Side neighborhood (known as “Terror Town”) where he grew up to the high school that he dropped out of.

Determined to uplift both himself and his hometown, though, the documentary follows Herb as he returns to his old school to spread positivity and guidance that many kids in Chicago are desperately lacking. “No matter what y’all do in life, the main three things to do is: have faith in yourself, stay focused, and keep working hard,” he tells the students. “Everything in life is hard. There will be ups and downs. You’re gonna lose, you’re gonna fail. But you only fail if you give up.”

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hit boy dom kennedy

Hit-Boy and Dom Kennedy dropped their full-length album Courtesy of Half-A-Mil earlier this week, but that isn’t all they’ve got for us. The West Coast duo have also shared this new documentary called Half-A-Mil Presents, which gives us a glimpse at the making of not only their aforementioned album, but the three collaborative EPs they’ve dropped over the past year. “Steel sharpens steel. How good could you be if you working with somebody just as talented, or a little more talented,” says Dom. “That’s what Courtesy of Half-A-Mil is: both bringing something to the table to do something more.”

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After dropping three EPs over the past year, Half-A-Mil release their full-length project Courtesy of Half-A-Mil, The duo, consisting of DOM Kennedy and Hit-Boy, offer a 14-track LP with contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Jay 305, Larry June, B. Carr and Tyus. Released as a surprise on Wednesday (Nov. 29), the album is out now on iTunes and all streaming platforms.

Hear Courtesy of Half-A-Mil below. UPDATE (11/30): Half-A-Mil release a documentary in support of their new album.

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danny brown

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 still i am

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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