Movies : rap biopics

8 Mile is a 2002 American drama film set in 1995, is an account of a young white rapper named Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr. (Eminem), who lives in a trailer park in Warren, Michigan, and his attempt to launch a career in rap, a genre dominated by African Americans. The film’s title is derived from 8 Mile Road, the highway that runs along the border between predominantly black Detroit and Wayne County, and its predominantly white Oakland County and Macomb County suburbs. Filmed mostly on location in Detroit and its surrounding areas, the film was both a critical and financial success. Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself”, the song which was iconic to the film.

Tupac: Resurrection is a 2003 American documentary film about the life and death of rapper Tupac Shakur. The film, directed by Lauren Lazin and released by Paramount Pictures, is narrated by Tupac Shakur himself.  The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 77th Academy Awards.

A 2005 American hip-hop biopic crime film starring 50 Cent. It is 50 Cent’s first film as an actor. Similar to the 2002 Eminem film 8 Mile, which it used as a template, the film is loosely based on 50 Cent’s own life. It was directed by Jim Sheridan. The name of the film is shared with 50’s 2003 debut album of the same name.

The 2014 documentary recounts the circumstances leading up to Nas’ 1994 debut album Illmatic. Released on the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the film includes interviews with Nas, his brother and father, and figures from the East Coast hip hop scene.

The greatest rapper to ever pick up a mic – with his velvety flow and unparalleled rhyme style he captivated everyone from Jay Z to Tupac. Now Notorious B.I.G. is revealed. Hear the stories from his closest friends and some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop: Diddy, Method Man, Easy Mo Bee, Matty C, E-40, Raekwon, Common and more. See raw footage of B.I.G. free-styling on the streets of New York, rare home video footage, a never-before-seen interview with Biggie shortly before his death and undisclosed video footage from the night of his murder.

From home videos and interviews with friends and family, to the very first seminal moments of his career caught on tape, Rocky takes viewers behind the scenes into his life as he takes A$AP from Harlem to the world.
04/14/2017

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