5 Best Hip-Hop Movies

Above: 'Straight Outta Compton' is one of the best hip-hop films in recent memory
Above: 'Straight Outta Compton' is one of the best hip-hop films in recent memory

In a matter of days, Netflix will launch The Get Down, the Baz Luhrmann vehicle about the rise of hip-hop in 1970s New York. The musical drama is making noise for being the most expensive Netflix original to date, and for its rocky relationship with writers, showrunners, and producers. Despite the on-set drama, and judging solely on the slew of new images and trailers, the show looks to be, if nothing else, very entertaining.

While the hip-hop scene has been portrayed in Hollywood numerous times before, the shows and movies often feel stale or exploitative. Despite these many misses, there have been a select few hits. While Fox’s show Empire has delivered a fine, if not glamourized, take on the genre, the best adaptations remain within film. To help you prepare for the release of The Get Down, here are some of the best hip-hop inspired movies.

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

Last year, Public Enemy found its way back into the spotlight, thanks to the forever discussed biopic, Straight Outta Compton. The film was released to critical acclaim and augmented by some huge performances by relative unknowns. Compton made new fans of Public Enemy, and proved that hip-hop has a valid place in modern cinema. It’s an already legendary story, and it will continue to become a standard in music biopics.

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Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan is a writer from Toronto. His favourite things in the world are music, movies, and mini dachshunds. Give him a follow on Twitter at @aidandaoust, where he’ll also accept your mixtape submissions.

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