Documentaries


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Go on Netflix or YouTube and you’ll find a number of unofficial Biggie documentaries, but an authorized film on the late, great Christopher Wallace is finally happening.

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In conjunction with their annual ‘Black History Month Collection,’ Nike releases a new short film entitled Equality. The politically conscious visual features cameos from prominent African American athletes Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Alicia Keys and Serena Williams.

Watch the clip after the break and browse Nike’s BHM 2017 Collection here.

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Ahead of her highly anticipated album CTRL, SZA previews some new music for fans and critics alike in the form of a “making of” mini-documentary she calls ‘Where The Hell Have You Been: Road To CTRL.’ The short film finds the freckle-faced songstress living life to the fullest while on tour.

The Jason Chandler, Cody Jordan, James Rothman and Fredo Tovar shot clip was accompanied by the launch of SZA’s new interactive website, which you can check out here.

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Ahead of his Flamingos and Finches LP, which will features cameos from OG Maco and Greg Money, Orlando native turned Houston resident Billyraccx unloads his new mini-doc of the same name. Serving as a glimpse in Billy’s world within his AnahatXMilytia movement, it also highlights darker recesses where monsters lurk.

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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.

Relive the truly magnificent Coloring Book tour below.

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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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