Some of the best rap songs are cinematic by nature. The lyrics are movies in melodic form, affording the imagination of the listener access to whatever is going on behind the emcees’ eyes. But then some movies are Hip-Hop by nature, that contain the grittiness of urban life so descriptively outlined through songs.
AllHipHop.com has composed a collection of movies (fiction, biopics, films with rappers as stars, and documentaries) that are must-sees for true lovers of the culture. Divided into three parts. While we are not ready to snatch your rap card if you haven’t seen them, we are saying you definitely will get the side-eye for not checking once you have been put on.
Wild Style, 1982
Considered Hip-Hop’s first movie, this film was directed, produced, and released by Charlie Ahearn in 1982. Wild Style is the OG of this kind of cinema, it features pioneering personalities like Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, The Rock Steady Crew, The Cold Crush Brothers, Queen Lisa Lee of Zulu Nation, Grandmaster Flash, and ZEPHYR.