Hip Hop Cinema

Do the Right Thing - Powerful visual feast combines humor & drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Styvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever. (DVD 238)

Hustle & Flow - Rapper DJay, who dreams of becoming the next big rap superstar, works all the angles to get his first record made. He even has the help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. When he hears that rap superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, DJay decides to throw together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention. (DVD 5580)

Tupac: Resurrection - This documentary uses voice-overs, interviews, and actual tracks recorded by Tupac himself. The film explores his life, music, and his death from fatal gunshot wounds in 1996. Includes rare footage, home movies, private photographs, and excerpts from his personal poetry, journals, and letters. (DVD 5175)

Bling: A Planet Rock - Travel to war-torn Sierra Leone in West Africa, where hip-hop celebrities meet the victims of the blood diamond industry, and learn the connection between hip-hop and the victims of the blood diamond industry. (DVD 13572)

Boyz 'n the Hood - For three young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles, the "hood" is a place of drive-by shootings, unemployment, drugs and pain. But their reactions to the world around them vary- one is an unambitious drug dealer, his brother is a college bound teenage father, and the brother's best friend is guided by a strong father who hopes for a better life for his son. (DVD 1629)

La Fabri-K: The Cuban Hip-Hop Factory - This documentary follows the artists of Doble-Filo and Obsesión, known collectively as "La Fabri-K" (The Factory) from their humble homes in Havana throughout their eye-opening concert tour of the United States. (DVD 10301)

8 Mile - Jimmy, known to his friends as Rabbit, is a young man trying to make his way out of the burned-out shell of inner-city Detroit. Rabbit is a white kid trying to make music in a predominantly African-American community and culture. After Rabbit freezes up in the midst of an MC battle, he's convinced he's missed his chance and that he's doomed to lead a marginal life as a factory rat for the rest of his days. Rabbit struggles to work up the courage and the confidence to take one more shot at making his dream a reality. (DVD 2540)

Scratch - Here are some of the world's best DJs, those famous for solo scratching, competing in international DJ battles, playing for rap artists, or just rocking parties with the most insane records ever dug up. Check out dynamic performances and interviews with DJs Qbert, Z-Trip, Mix Master Mike (of the Beastie Boys), Rob Swift and the X-ecutioners, Cut Chemist & NuMark (of Jurassic 5), DJ Craze, DJ Shadow, The Bullet Proof Space Travelers, Babu (of Dilated Peoples), KF Krush, DJ Premier (Gang Starr), and others. (DVD 2539)

New Muslim Cool - Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he's moved to Pittsburgh's tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and himself. (DVD 15702)

Biggie and Tupac - Nick Broomfield looks into the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Talks with their family, friends, business associates and the police. Investigates the rumors of police corruption and music industry betrayals that turned these teenage friends into enemies. (DVD 7091)

Fear of a Black Hat - Writer/director Rusty Cundieff's mockumentary of gangsta rappers, focusing on the ups and downs of a hip hop trio.   (DVD 6744)

The Hip Hop Project - Inspired by a former homeless teen, a group of New York City kids try to write music about what is affecting their lives. After years of struggling, they finally record and produce their album, with the help of some very generous celebrities. (DVD 16051)

Krush Groove - A talented group of street-savvy urban kids hook up with Krush Groove, a hot new record label. But with their success come the ego trips and greed that threaten to destroy everything they've worked for. (DVD 16546)

Notorious - Chronicling the extraordinary life of Christopher 'The Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Biggie transforms himself from a Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to a pregnant woman) to superstardom. (DVD 16548)

Paper Chasers - Enter the paper chaser's world where the pursuit of power, respect and money drives one of the most influential movements in popular culture. Go behind the scenes with Ludacris, Fat Joe, Master P, Sway and others. (DVD 16071)