Written by Polo Sho
As we know, in the world we live in today, Hip-hop is dominant. Not just in music but in culture, fashion and of course entertainment. Hip-hop movies and tv shows have been a thing for years but what are the best ones? The ones worth watching? And the most important question of them all; What are the ones worth watching on Netflix??
1. The Get Down
A music-driven drama set in 1970s-era New York about a group of kids in the South Bronx who find themselves at the nexus of the hip-hop, punk and disco scenes. I remember watching the first season when it came out in 2016 and I was completely hooked. The show’s story is incredible because it paints a vivid picture of 1977 south Bronx New York. Although it was crime ridden and poverty striven, these hard times gave birth to Mcing and Turntabling, which are fundamental elements in Hip-hop. Nas is also an executive producer on this show and wrote the raps for the lead character Zeke. Definitely a must watch for any true Hip-Hop fanatic!
2. Hip-Hop Evolution
MC and journalist Shad Kabango meets with Hip-Hop’s biggest stars to retrace how Hip-Hop became the world’s most popular music, but realizes that Hip-Hop’s true legacy is something much more profound. This is definitely a show I binged once I watched the first episode. It takes us through the origins of Hip-Hop in 1970s New York City and how it developed over the next several decades. It features interviews with legendary MCs and rappers; and visits to iconic landmarks and neighborhoods. So, for example, in season one we go from the birth of Hip-Hop in the Bronx to the birth of gangsta rap out of the West coast. Then going into the East/West coast rivalry and then the evolution to newer acts like Lil Wayne and Kanye West. Definitely a must watch for Hip-Hop heads!
From Mass Appeal, Rapture stares directly into the bright light that Hip-Hop culture shines on the world and doesn’t blink. Throughout 8 episodes and featuring a diverse swath of artists — Nas and Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz and Just Blaze — Rapture dives into the artists’ lives with their families and friends, to sitting front row in the studio and grinding on tour, to experiencing the ecstatic power of moving the crowd. I especially connected the most with A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s story. I didn’t know much about the artist prior to watching and the episode really made me appreciate his grind and where he was coming from. As an artist I found inspiration in some way from every artist’s episode. Definitely a must watch if you got Hip-Hop ambitions!
4. Rhythm and Flow
Judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. search for the next breakout Hip-Hop star in this music competition series. Now I actually haven’t seen this show but I’ve heard only good things about it. I’ve actually been following the rapper “D Smoke” since he won the first season and he’s crazy nice so it must have been a fierce competition. Plus it can’t hurt to have the larger than life personalities of Hip-Hop stars like Cardi B and T.I. as judges. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a Hip-Hop fan!
A true crime drama about separate LAPD investigations into the murders of two Hip-Hop icons. Who killed Tupac and Biggie? Is a timeless question in Hip-Hop. If you know nothing about these cases then this tv show does a very good job of detailing the events in an informative way. The guys who played Tupac and Biggie Smalls respectively did an amazing job at portraying the characters, very believable. Although I personally feel the movie “All Eyez On Me” is a better overall portrayal of Tupac’s life, this is still a quality tv show. Definitely a must watch if you wanted to learn more about the murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls!
In conclusion, there’s definitely more fire Hip-Hop shows/movies to watch on Netflix that are dope but these are just my picks! I’m curious to know what your picks are YYC?! And if y’all rock with mine haha! Reach out and we can talk about it!
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