Tag Archives: documentary

Big Fun in the Big Town (1986)

n 1986, DJ and journalist, Bram van Splunteren pitched a series of music documentaries to Dutch public broadcaster VPRO. Inspired by hearing the Beastie Boys’ ‘Rock Hard’, he suggested one of the episodes should investigate rap music and the new sound coming from the next generation of hip-hop producers. His resulting documentary, Big Fun in […]

Uprising: Hip-Hop & the L.A. Riots (2012)

Twenty years ago Los Angeles was burning, a conflagration that began with a videotape. Four police officers who had been captured on camera beating Rodney King were acquitted on April 29, 1992, and for days the city seethed. More than 50 people died. Property damage was estimated at about $1 billion. All of it is […]

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

“In his debut as a documentarian, Ice – T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be.” – New York Post The craft. The history. The power. All these elements of the hip-hop movement are discussed with director Ice-T and the legends he interviews like Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, […]

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

25 years ago, the Wu-Tang Clan released their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. Today, or more precisely this spring, we’ll be watching a four-hour Showtime documentary about the most influential hip-hop groups of all time and how it all came to be. How did it all start? Wu-Tang Clan was formed in the […]