Archive for the 'Documentary' Category

Revolutions On Air: The Golden Era of New York Radio 1980-1988 (Documentary)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Here is a must-watch new documentary on the prime years of New York City radio from the Red Bull Music Academy as they gear up for their upcoming NYC Festival. Although it clocks in at under 20 minutes, it’s still a pretty comprehensive look at the Golden Era of Dance and Rap radio in the country’s biggest market during a time of musical breakthroughs.

Radio legends like DJ Spinna, Stretch Armstrong, Kool DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl and Merlin Bobb explain the innovations and influence of pioneers such as Frankie Crocker, Tony Humphries, Ted Currier and Shep Pettibone. From Tony Moran of The Latin Rascals showing us how he used to manually chop up reels, to tales of Boyd Jarvis playing live keyboards over on-air mixes, and the rise of Mr. Magic and Red Alert, this is a fascinating chronicle of a bygone era. Narrated by MC Lyte.

Previously: DJ Red Alert Remembers Mr. Magic

Video: We’re Gonna Be Lords (Documentary) ft. Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Here’s We’re Gonna Be Lords, a new mini-documentary profiling four rising ‘New New York’ acts: The Underachievers, gay rapper Le1f, The Flatbush Zombies and Action Bronson. It was directed by Robert Lopuski and is best viewed whilst puffing on some marijuana. It is probably NSFW.

Spotted: Complex

Previously: Flatbush Zombies ft. Joey Bada$$ & Issa Gold – Did U Ever Think | Action Bronson & Big Body Bes Respond to Youtube Comments

Video: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 10)

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Peewee Longway gets VICE’s Thomas Morton all the way turnt in the final episode of the 10-part series.

In the season finale of Noisey Atlanta, Thomas travels to the house where Peewee Longway and Young Thug shot the video to “Loaded”. He hangs with Metro Boomin while Travi$ Scott parties in the living room. Soon, some promethazine surfaces, a bullet hole appears in the dishwasher and Peewee drives Thomas, downtown to a niteclub performance. Warning: Features graphic use of LSD space weed.

Previously: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 9)

Video: Eminem – Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story (Documentary)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Eminem’s 32 minute documentary on the rise of the Shady Records empire has arrived. Featuring commentary from Paul Rosenberg, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Royce Da 5’9, Mr. Porter and Marshall, the doc chronicles the rise of Em and other Shady stars from the beginning up to the 15th anniversary of the label last year.

via Complex

Previously: Eminem, Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf – The Shady CXVPHER (Behind the Scenes)

Video: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 8)

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Noisey present the 8th entry in the “Atlanta” series.

In episode eight of Noisey Atlanta, we examine just how quickly the ups and downs can happen in the trap world. In short, the scene moves fast. To start things off, we meet Bankroll Fresh at a barbershop and talk about the rise of his late summer 2014 hit “Hot Boy.” Then we find ourselves in the studio with the elusive Young Thug before linking with Rich Homie Quan, who tells stories of getting out of jail and eventually forming Rich Gang with Birdman and Thugger (fun fact: RHQ and Young Thug apparently went to middle school together). Later, we catch up with Trinidad Jame$ over a year after the explosion of “All Gold Everything,” showing what can possibly happen to a hyped up rapper after the machine spits ‘em out.

Previously: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 7)

Video: Fashawn – The Ecology (Documentary)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Fashawn’s The Ecology is available now at your favorite digital retailer and local record store. Here’s a great 16-minute mini-documentary that takes a look at his rise from the streets of Fresno to worldwide recognition as one of the most gifted lyricists doing it today. The piece includes commentary from Fash’s friends and family as well as some of the notable artists that he’s worked with such as Exile and Evidence.

Previously: Fashawn ft. Nas & Aloe Blacc – Something To Believe In

Video: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 7)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Here is episode 7 of Noisey’s Atlanta series featuring ILOVEMAKONNEN.

The new wave of Atlanta stretches beyond the reach of Gucci Mane. The last year has seen the rise of a more alternative and bizarre sound, led the likes of Awful Records with a guy named iLoveMakonnen at the forefront. His smash single “Club Goin’ Up on a Tuesday” was remixed by Drake after its release last summer, and went on to be nominated for a Grammy. Since, he’s released songs with Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, and more. In episode seven of Noisey Atlanta, Thomas enters Makonnen’s strange world, which is driven by peace, love, and mushrooms.

Previously: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 6)

Video: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 6)

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

2 Chainz takes center stage in episode 6 of the Noisey Atlanta documentary series:

In episode six of Noisey Atlanta, Thomas enters the world of 2 Chainz, one of the biggest rappers alive. Known for a bizarrely brilliant blend of goofiness and arrogance, the artist formerly known as Tity Boi shows us his man-cave before heading to the club for a show and then an after-party. And for the record, only 2 Chainz rides in the Maybach.

Previously: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 5)

Video: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 3)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Episode 3 of the ongoing Noisey Atlanta documentary series chronicles the rise of Trap music and the high profile beef between Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy:

Thomas continues his conversation with Coach K about the origin of trap music, beginning with Young Jeezy’s 2004 mixtape, Tha Streets Iz Watchin (according to Coach). Both Coach and super producer Zaytoven—who rose to prominence alongside Gucci Mane—explain the explosion of the genre and eventual beef between Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane. We quickly learn that Gucci Mane has not only become one of the most significant rappers in the Atlanta scene, but has so much leverage that his opinion can essentially decide the career trajectory of any new rapper trying to make it. What’s perhaps most impressive is that Gucci’s influence is still just as prominent as ever—even though he’s currently locked up until 2016.

Previously: Noisey Atlanta (Ep. 2)

Video: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah – Purple Tape Files (Documentary Trailer)

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, Raekwon and Ghostface premiered a short trailer for the Purple Tape Files, a new documentary that explores the genesis of Rae’s classic debut albumm Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Needless to say, I am here for this when it drops.

Complex News spoke briefly to the pair about the film out at Sundance, hit the jump to watch their report.

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