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Audio and Video - Hip Hop Videos & DVDs

Eight Mile
Eight Mile (2002)
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Rabbit (Eminem) is a young man trying to make his way out of inner-city Detroit. Despite failing in his first attempt at recognition, he struggles, with the help of his girlfriend and friends, to work up the courage to take one more shot at making his dream a reality. Cast: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer, Evan Jones, Omar Benson Miller.(Curtis Hanson, 2002, 111 minutes, DVD Rent – Drama)

 
Fade To Black
Fade To Black (2005)
The final live show of multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning artist, Jay-Z, at Madison Square Garden. (2005, 110 minutes, DVD Reserve - Music)
 
Fear of a Black Hat
Fear of a Black Hat (2003)
A filmmaker infiltrates rap band NWH in this mock-documentary comedy that has been called the Black Spinal Tap. (2003, 88 minutes, DVD Reserve)
 
Freestyle - The Art of Rhyme
Freestyle - The Art of Rhyme (2004)

This documents the world of improvisational hip-hop, providing an authentic look into the life, music and history of this underground culture. (Kevin Fitzgerald, 2004, 75 minutes, DVD Reserve – Documentaries)

 
Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (2005)
A rap superhero, 50 Cent, is encased in muscular flesh like armor, his face is an impassive mask, he reaches out to destroy his enemies with his unique talent. Marcus is a gangster who breaks from his youthful life of crime to triumph as a rapper. Marcus's girlfriend helps him pull free the wires holding his jaw shut when he's recovered from being shot in the face. He even has a moment when a razor blade is thrown into his cell and is encouraged to kill himself. Instead, the self-reliant gangster uses it to carve his rhymes into the walls. Cast: Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Terrence Howard, Joy Bryant, Bill Duke, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Omar Benson Miller, Viola Davis. (Jim Sheridan, 2005, 116 minutes, DVD Rent - Drama)
 
Hip Hop 101: The Game
Hip Hop 101: The Game (2003)

Want to know what it takes to make it? The Game is aimed at educating both the aspiring artist and seasoned veteran, with some of the music industry's top names sharing their perspectives on what it takes to enter, navigate, and thrive in the music biz. (2003, 60 minutes, Video Reserve - Music)

 
Hip Hop Immortals
Hip Hop Immortals (2004)
Watch Hip Hop history as well as its future revealed through interviews with the most recognizable names in the culture. Rap artists, pioneers of graffiti and tastemakers in the world of fashion, television and film lent their energy to this creation. (2004, 81 minutes, DVD Reserve – Music)
 
Hustle and Flow
Hustle and Flow (2005)
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. (Craig Brewer, 2005, 116 minutes, DVD Rent - Drama)
 
Kings of Hip Hop: Classic Material
Kings of Hip Hop: Classic Material (2004)

Take a journey of sound and sight, back to the roots of a movement that changed the music, lifestyle and social structure of a generation. The founding fathers reunite to remind us that the works, the beats and the energy are as relevant now as ever. (2004, 82 minutes, DVD Reserve – Music)

 
Kings of Hip Hop: The Founders
Kings of Hip Hop: The Founders (2004)

Take a journey of sound and sight, back to the roots of a movement that changed the music, lifestyle and social structure of a generation. The founding fathers reunite to remind us that the works, the beats and the energy are as relevant now as ever. (2003, 71 minutes, DVD Reserve – Music)

 
Krush Groove
Krush Groove (1985)

A talented group of street-smart kids are on the move when they 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 that they've worked for. (1985, 95 minutes, DVD Rent – Drama)

 
Lyricist Lounge: Hip Hop Video Classics
Lyricist Lounge: Hip Hop Video Classics (2003)

A continuous mix of classic rap vidoes. Includes: Run DMC's Walk This Way, Roxanne, Roxanne by UTFO, Shook Ones Pt. 2 by Mobb Deep, Just A Friend by Biz Markie and many more. (2003, 53 minutes, DVD Reserve - Music)

 
Rize
Rize (2005)

An intimate, completely fresh portrayal of inner city youth who have created art where before there was none. Surrounded by drug addiction, gangs and impoverishment, they have developed "Krumping", a completely unique West Coast dance style that evolvess on a daily basis. (2005, 87 minutes, DVD Reserves – Documentaries)

 
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry - Season 1
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry - Season 1 (2004)

Taped live at the Supper Club in New York, Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry is hosted by popular rap artist Mos Def, and spotlights original material performed by contemporary urban poets and well-known music/comedy artists. (2004, 120 minutes, DVD Reserve PS617.D446 2004)

 
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry – Season 2
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry – Season 2 (2005)

Seven new half-hour editions taped live at the Supper Club in New York, hosted by popular rap artist Mos Def. Spotlights original material performed by contemporary urban poets and well-known music/comedy artists. (2005, 175 minutes, DVD Reserve PS615.D446 2005)

 
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry – Season 3
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry – Season 3 (2005)

Seven new half-hour editions taped live at the Supper Club in New York, hosted by popular rap artist Mos Def. Spotlights original material performed by contemporary urban poets and well-known musicians, comedians, and actors. (2005, 210 minutes, DVD Reserve PS617.D448 2005)

 
Style Wars
Style Wars (2004)

A documentary exploration of the subculture of New York's young graffiti writers and breakdancers, showing their activities and aspirations and the social and aesthetic controversies surrounding New York graffiti. Dramatizes conflicts between graffitists and the city, as well as among the graffitists themselves.  (Tony Silver, 2004, 280 minutes, DVD Reserve - Documentaries)

 
Thug Angel: The Life of an Outlaw
Thug Angel: The Life of an Outlaw (2002)

This documentary explores Tupac, the soldier, whose career was deeply formed by his Black Panther heritage. The artist and entertainer who is, perhaps, the most prolific writer in the hip-hop music industry. Killed before he was able to realize his true and full potential.(2002, 92 minutes, DVD Reserve - Documentaries)

 
Thug Immortal
Thug Immortal (1997)

Details the life and untimely death of Tupac Shakur, one of America's best known and most controversial rap stars. (1997, 90 minutes, DVD Reserve – Documentaries)

 
Tupac: Resurrection
Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

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. During the making of the film, MTV reached out to his fan base by requesting submissions of Tupac memorabilia to be used in the film. (2003, 113 minutes, DVD Reserve)

 
Wyclef Jean’s All Star Jam at Carnegie Hall
Wyclef Jean’s All Star Jam at Carnegie Hall (2004)

Video of live concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City, January 2001. Perfoprmers include Wyclef Jean, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Destiny's Child, Marc Anthony, Macy Gray, Charlotte Church, Steven Marley and the Third World, Mary J. Blige and Clef's Kids. (2004, 140 minutes, DVD Reserve - Music)

 
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