It’s more than a music genre. It’s a movement, a culture that has saved the lives of many and made billions of dollars for others.
In a 2014 XXL interview, rapper Phat Joe was asked what hip hop meant to him. He said:
“Hip hop saved my life. Without hip hop, I’d definitely be in jail for 1 000 years or die. Hip hop has been able, for me, to live my dreams out. It’s given me a platform to leave behind a legacy. Hip hop has helped me help others. I could probably go forever with metaphors. I could tell you all type of cliché shit. But that’s absolutely the truth.”
Since its inception in the 1970s, hip hop has also been a mouth-piece for the voiceless in society. Its influence is not only seen in music but in fashion, sports, movies, reality shows and even politics.
Throughout the years we’ve seen a lot of content created around this movement. Here are just several shows, movies and documentaries about or influenced by hip hop culture that you can start streaming now!
The kids of some of hip hop’s elite star in this drama-filled reality show, now streaming on Showmax. The show features the kids of Run DMC, Master P, Damon Dash and more as they navigate life’s challenges.
He’s one of Africa’s biggest rappers, a legend in his own right and the only South African artist to have successfully filled the 20 000-capacity Ticket Pro Dome.
Although his climb to success is admirable, Cassper has had his fair share of ups and downs. Watch this exclusive and personal interview with the man himself.
Oh, and to show how much this man really lives and breathes hip hop, here’s a hilarious video of him expressing his ode to the culture.
The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionises hip hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.
NBA star Lebron James and his friend Maverick Carter invite hip hop stars including Snoop Dogg, Drake and Ice Cube to discuss topics around sports, pop culture, world events, business and sports while having a fresh hair-cut.
Hip hop is also known for its flash lifestyle, from the cars to the jewellery and clothes. Join VJ and rapper Moozlie as she visits the homes of some of the richest kids in South Africa.
Hip Hop Evolution S1-4 (Netflix)
This extensive documentary series shows interviews with influential MCs, DJs and moguls who speak on the genre’s dynamic evolution from the 1970s to present day.
Rhythm + Flow (Netflix)
Award-winning hip hop stars TI, Cardi B and Chance the Rapper search for the next hip-hop sensation in Rhythm + Flow. Dubbed Netflix’s first-ever music competition, the show’s three judges create an opportunity for up-and-coming rappers to put their best foot forward.
Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie (Netflix)
It’s the mysterious and unsolved murder case of hip hop’s greatest pioneers, Tupac and The Notorious BIG. Both rappers, still in their early 20s, were gunned down in cold blood in 1996 and 1997 respectively.
To this day, the people behind their murders have never been caught. This nine-part series looks at the case following their untimely deaths.
Rapture: Hip Hop Unfiltered S1 (Netflix)
This documentary series features an impressive collection of rappers who have found worldwide success, thanks to hip hop’s influence in their lives. The documentary also showcases hip hop’s impact on global culture.
Rapture features rappers such as Nas, Dave East, TI, 2Chainz and producer extraordinaire Just Blaize.
Travis Scott: Look Mom, I Can Fly (Netflix)
While crafting his Grammy-nominated album Astroworld, Travis Scott juggles controversy, fatherhood and career highs in his intimate documentary.
Bigflo & Oli: Hip Hop Frenzy (Netflix)
Go backstage with French rap duo Bigflo & Oli in this intimate music documentary, then join the superstar siblings as they embark on a major tour.