Archive for the 'Documentary' Category

Jay Z to Produce Trayvon Martin Film & Documentary Series

Friday, March 24th, 2017

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A new report from Variety reveals that Jay Z, in conjunction his new partners at The Weinstein Company, is planning both a narrative film and a separate documentary television series about the life and death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Jay recently acquired the rights to two books about Martin’s 2012 murder by George Zimmerman: Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, written by Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by NBC correspondent Lisa Bloom, which will form the basis for the film and the series. While both projects appear to still be in the preliminary stages, with deals being negotiated as recently as last month’s Oscars weekend, the TV series will apparently be a 6-episode limited run similar to the Kalief Browder series that Jay and the Weinsteins produced and which is currently airing on the Spike network.

Previously: Jay Z Talks Kalief Browder, Rikers Island at Sundance

Watch a Trailer for J.Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only HBO Doc

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Here’s the first trailer for J.Cole’s just announced new HBO documentary J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, A Dreamville Film. The doc will be Cole’s second with the cable network following last year’s Forest Hills Drive piece and is set to premiere on April 15th. In addition to Cole performances, the film will document the stories of African-Americans in communities including Baton Rouge, LA; Atlanta, GA; Ferguson, MI; Cole’s hometown of Fayetteville, NC and his own father’s hometown of Jonesboro, AR. Watch the trailer above to get a sense of the themes they will be exploring. Cole co-directed 4 Your Eyez Only with Scott Lazer.

via EW

Previously: Behind the Cover of J.Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only | J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only (Album Stream)

Watch Noisey Atlanta 2 with Migos, Killer Mike

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Back in 2015, Noisey released an Atlanta-centric episode of their ongoing documentary series that ended up being quite controversial. Shortly after Migos appeared on the show, flashing automatic weapons in their Georgia mansion, Offset was arrested on weapons charges. He later said he felt like he was arrested because of the show, and the group itself would eventually claim that their scenes were scripted. The whole situation raised questions about the prudence of rappers showing off for cameras and stunting on social media and whether or not Noisey intentionally exploited them for views. Now, with Quavo, Offset and Takeoff having just dropped the #1 album in the country, they’ve reconvened to take another crack at the whole thing. Watch the new Noisey Atlanta 2 doc above with Migos, Killer Mike, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage and others.

Bonus: Continue below for a full version of Migos “Dab of Ranch” song recorded for Spotify.

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Explore Berkeley, and Nature, with Lil B

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Spend a very based 22 minutes or so watching this new documentary segment from Lil B and Noisey: Believe in Earth: A Very Rare and Based Visual Experience. It’s basically B explaining his based philosophy, the memes, his Kevin Durant curse and much more while showing us around his hometown of Berkeley, California and appreciating nature. The clip features commentary from E-40, Clams Casino, Vince Staples, Lil Yachty, Joey Purp and others.

Previously: Lil B – My House (Prod. by Metro Boomin)

Meek Mill & The Dreamchasers on Noisey Raps

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Meek Mill and his Dreamchasers crew are the subjects f the latest Noisey Raps documentary. This would have been infinitely more interesting if it wasn’t filmed last year, before all of the Drake, Game and Beanie Sigel beef. But Nicki is in it, so I guess that counts for something?

Previously: Meek Mill – Funkmaster Flex Freestyle (Game, Beanie Sigel Diss)

Watch the New Travis Scott Documentary LA FLAME

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Join Travis Scott as he performs, works on music, kicks it with the likes of Kanye West and Seth Rogen, plus more, in the new documentary, La FLAME.

Previously: Travis Scott & Brian McKnight in “Bitch U Broke My Heart”

Rich The Kid Is Rich Forever (Documentary)

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Rich The Kid is the subject of a new Noisey documentary called Rich The Kid Is Rich Forever. In the 8-minute day-in-the-life clip, Rich meets up with a fan at Venice Beach to prove he’s not just one of those rappers who rocks skate gear and doesn’t live the lifestyle, stops by a Migos video shoot and finally ends the day with a performance in LA.

Previously: Rich The Kid & Jaden Smith – Like This (Video)

Watch Common’s Lovestar Documentary

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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In this companion piece to his new single “Lovestar”, Common and an all female panel explore and expound upon the notion of Black Love and the Black Women at the heart of that connection. Premiered today via Essence, Common explains that the short film and single are his way of paying the homage he feels is long overdue: “So, the theme, Love Star, came up just because I thought it was a cool nickname to call somebody that you’re close to. You know how people say, ‘oh, that’s my bae’ or my ‘boo’ or ‘my girl,’ like we used to say. Love Star is like a beautiful way of describing somebody important in your life that you care about.”

Watch below.

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De La Soul Is Not Dead (Documentary)

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Here’s a great way to spend 30 minutes on a Thursday afternoon. The new De La Soul Is Not Dead documentary from Mass Appeal features commentary from Prince Paul, Dante Ross, Monica Lynch of Tommy Boy and of course Dave, Posdonous and Maseo, and it takes a look at how three outcasts from Amityville, Long Island emerged as a legendary Rap trio.

The principal players discuss how Paul, who had music industry experience from his work with Stetsasonic, nurtured the guys throughout their creative process and encouraged them to embrace their groundbreaking approach to Hip-Hop.

The main theme of the doc is the group’s evolution over the course of their first three albums and how the public perception of them as the “hippie rappers” lead to the De La Soul Is Dead LP. Also covered are the sample clearance issues that haunt them to this day, their rebirth with the Stakes Is High album and the new Kickstarter driven project and the Anonymous Nobody, which just topped the Billboard Rap charts.

Previously: De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody (Album Stream)

Curren$y Presents Raps N Lowriders Pt. 5 (Documentary)

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Join Spitta as he hits the studio and the shop to work on a newly acquired Buick in the 5th episode of Raps N Lowriders. And of course, keep your ears open for some new Spitta music throughout.

Previously: Curren$y Presents Raps N Lowriders Pt. 4 (Documentary)