Straight Outta Compton hits cinemas worldwide this weekend, and as part of our way of celebrating the film, we went looking around and found an article on THR detailing a list of the top ten hip-hop flix of all time.
5. BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
Actor Michael Rapaport’s love letter to one of the greatest and most influential Queens hip-hop ensembles reveals their eclectic urban origins, the jazzy roots of their music and what happens when internal conflicts gradually take over until – to quote one of Q-Tip’s and Phife Dawg’s best songs – the Tribe starts “buggin’ out.”
4. FRIDAY (1995)
Not a hip-hop film per se, but Ice Cube co-wrote and starred in this hilarious South Central comedy about two stoners trying to pay back an angry weed dealer. Filled with the smoked-out, laid back, funk-addled vibes of Dr. Dre’s best tracks, F. Gary Gray’s debut captured the easeful rhythms and quotidian violence of West Coast rap.
3. DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY” (2005)
French director Michel Gondry teamed up with stand-up star Chappelle for this amusing chronicle of a Brooklyn street concert featuring some of the top rappers of the day: The Roots, Mos Def, Commonand Kanye West all bring their A-game, but none of them have the mesmerizing stage presence of Jersey girl Lauryn Hill.
2. 8 MILE (2002)
Eminem scooped up an Oscar for Best Song, but his lead performance was nothing to diss in Curtis Hanson’s gritty portrayal of the Detroit rapper’s rise from street thug to champion MC. Showing how to “lose yourself in the music, the moment” and lyrically KO all contenders, this remains the rapbiopic to beat. Sorry, 50.
1. WILD STYLE (1983)
It all started with Charlie Ahearn’s docu-style account of NYC’s nascent street scene, where taggers, rappers and b-boys built a counter culture that would take over the world. Fab 5 Freddy co-wrote the script and score, while Grandmaster Flash and The Cold Crush Brothers round out a who’s who of hip-hop pioneers.
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Culled from The Hollywood Reporter