The Best Hip-Hop Documentaries of All-Time

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One of hip hop’s major facets revolves around the art of storytelling. Many notable artists established their reputations as marquee storytellers because of their lyrical capabilities. Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, and more have entrenched themselves on the proverbial wall of fame in hip hop because of their dominance in the game. For that, their paths have been documented for all of us to marvel at and enjoy today. Many of us haven’t been able to live through the days of their primes, so we have their documentaries and music to help remind us of their greatness.

MTV’s “Life And Rhymes” With Nas

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Nas – Time is Illmatic

Nas’ magical opus Illmatic debuted in 1994 and took hip hop by storm. 20 years later, the making of his classic album was documented for everyone to see. J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Q-Tip, and more all took part in paying homage to Nas and his timeless endeavor.

A Tribe Called Quest – Beats, Rhymes, & Life

Michael Rapaport took on the task of highlighting the highs and lows of New York’s celebrated hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest.