The Best Rap Documentary Films

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Vote up the best hip hop documentaries.

What is the best rap documentary film? When it comes to the history of rap music, there's nothing like a good hip hop documentary filled with amusing anecdotes, tales from the tour, and fun trivia about rappers and hip hop musicians. This list of the best rap documentaries for hip hop lovers includes documentary films about all the best rappers and freestylers to ever grace the microphone. If you love rap music, but also want the scoop on your favorite hip hop stars, these great documentary films about rap music are what you need. What are the best rap music documentaries of all time? What hip hop musicians do you love?

Whether you're interested in Tupac, Biggie, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, or especially A Tribe Called Called Quest, there's a great rap documentary movie out there for you. This list ranks the best documentaries about rap music in the history of film. The hip hop documentary films featured on this list includes Beats, Rhymes & Life, Style Wars, Adult Rappers, Nas: Time is Illimatic, Rhyme & Reason, Something from Nothing, and even the Netflix rap documentary Biggie: I've Got a Story to Tell.

Vote up your favorite hip hop documentaries, and check back for new rap documentary releases.

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  • Nas: Time Is Illmatic
    Nas, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes
    22 votes
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: One9
    Nas: Time Is Illmatic is a 2014 documentary film directed by One9. The film recounts the circumstances leading up to Nas' 1994 debut album Illmatic.
  • Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
    RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard
    20 votes
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Sacha Jenkins
    A look back at the career of the Wu-Tang Clan on the 25th anniversary of their breakout debut album.

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  • Rhyme & Reason
    Sean Combs, E-40, MC Eiht
    18 votes
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Peter Spirer
    Rhyme & Reason is a 1997 documentary film about rap and hip hop. Documentary filmmaker Peter Spirer interviewed over 80 significant artists in rap and hip hop music. This documentary explores the ...more

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  • Straight Outta L.A.
    Ice Cube, Eazy E, Dr. Dre
    13 votes
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Ice Cube
    "For rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube, the emergence of gangster rap will be forever linked to the Oakland Raiders' move to Los Angeles in 1982. Ice Cube turns the camera on himself to tell how his ...more
  • Beef II
    50 Cent, Ice Cube, Method Man
    13 votes
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Peter Spirer
    Filmmaker Peter Spirer examines feuds between hip-hop artists and the responsibility of the music industry.
  • Rhyme & Punishment

    Rhyme & Punishment

    Slick Rick, KRS-One, Prodigy
    13 votes
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Peter Spirer
    Rhyme and Punishment is a 2011 American documentary film directed by Peter Spirer. The gritty elements of urban crime and violence have always had an influence on hip hop culture and rap music. More ...more