Category Archives: DOCUMENTARIES

King Kanja is no stranger to the scene since his BET debut on 106 Park. Kanja has maintained a steady grind earning the respect of both his peers & industry heavy weights like Sylvia Rhone.

This year Kanja was present during SXSW 3rd Annual “Sounds From Africa & The Caribbean” a premier event for both Reggae & Afro Beat genres courtesy of W & R Projects. This years was probably the biggest in the since its inception 3 years ago with headliners Morgan Heritage, Mr Eazi, Young Paris just to name a few.

Look out for King Kanja’s new single “The Weekend” slated to hit the radio anytime this spring no later than summer.

Kwesta aka “Da King Of African Rap” Takes Over SXSW

Recently, HipHopABC.TV was live at Austin, TX for this year’s [2017] SXSW Festival, and we were able to catch up with some of your favorite stars, including some up and coming.

During our stay in Texas, we were fortunate enough to catch up with Kwesta aka “Da King Of African Rap”, who was in town promoting his new album, Dakar 2.

G-Unit Reloaded : Take A Look Inside of the Clique’s Journey, Thus Far

Just when you thought 50 Cent was going to ride the wave out on his headphones and Vitamin Water checks, he shakes up the game once again. The G-Unit family is back together again, add another hungry soldier (Kidd Kidd) and now the rap game has a huge problem. We seen it all before with ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’, followed by the crew’s collaborative album and then Lloyd Banks’ solo effort, as well as, Young Buck’s solo debut. Just like ordinary people, things were said in the heat of the moment, lips were poked out, and at one time even, certain members of the clique stopped speaking, but all that stuff could be considered as growing pains and part of maturing. And now once again, after the differences have been settled and communication amongst the fellas began flow normally, everything is set for another 50 Cent and G-Unit takeover. We can sit back and say he (50 Cent) shouldn’t have let Young Buck back in or he should have just forgotten about Tony Yayo, but you have to remember that these guys played an instrumental part in each other’s lives and careers. This is literally a family, and tell me what family doesn’t have bickering and conflict every now and then… As we take a closer look at the following documentary, it is clear that the mutual respect amongst these gentleman is organic.

 

 

Legends Never Die : Biggie Smalls Is The Illest

No matter how much time passes by, our love, admiration, and respect for the late Christopher Wallace never subsides. For an artist of this magnitude to be taken away from us after such a short-lived career seems unfair. But it is the memories and timeless classics that we cling onto that always seem to put things into perspective. Biggie was indeed one of the greatest artists of all time, and without his contribution, who knows where hip hop music would be.

It never ceases to amaze how much attention is shown to Biggie in the month of March, which is the month his life was taken many years ago. Not that it’s anything wrong with showing love and acknowledgement, but even with his memory being kept alive, I feel that credit should be given to D Roc for keeping that torch lit. Before B.I.G. was taken from us, he and his best friend D Roc were planning to launch a clothing line which was to be called Brooklyn Mint. Needless to say Biggie would not live to see this vision come alive but on the other hand, D Roc made sure that this very same vision would become a reality. Known now as Invisible Bully, this clothing line was brought to life by D Roc and it is said that Diddy played an intricate part in this as well. Furthermore, much respect should be given to him as he never once sought to exploit BIG’s name for fame or financial gain. It’s all for the ‘Love’ of The Notorious B.I.G.

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A Meeting of the Minds: Chuck D Of Public Enemy & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reflect On Each Other’s Careers

Two of pop culture’s biggest icons come together to reveal personal memories of their respected plights and journeys throughout their storied careers. We’re referring to none other than Chuck D of Public Enemy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Each of which conquered amazing achievements and overcoming obstacles such as adversity and racism. Without these two legends, the game of basketball and the hip hop genre may not have stood a chance. Thanks to these two gentlemen for taking the risks that many were too fearful to do and reaching above and beyond to what many thought was impossible. The following video will take an inside look at Kareem and Chuck D as they give props to each other and reminisce on their success.

One Step Closer: Andre 3000 Set To Play Most Important Role Of His Career, Stars As Jimi Hendrix

The wait is over! Finally after years of anticipation, we get to see Andre 3000 take on the role playing Jimi Hendrix in ‘All Is By My Side’. Written and directed by John Ridley, the film focuses on the time frame when Hendrix was putting together his classic album, Are You Experienced (which takes place from 1966-1967.

As it becomes apparent in the following clip, Andre 3000 flawlessly channels Jimi Hendrix all the way down to his mannerisms and dialect. Andre recently revealed that he spent countless hours of watching footage of the legendary Hendrix and remained determined until he nailed it spot on. This is Andre’s biggest role as an actor thus far and by all means met the challenge head on.

The film has already premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and is set to premiere later this month at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival. As of now, there is no official date for release in nationwide theaters.

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Documentary: Jay-Z “Where I’m From” 2012

With only afew months into the launch of Jay Z’s renowned Brooklyn based Barclays center, young Hova gives us about a half an hour of a first hand experience from the folks that make it possible.

Home to the Brooklyn Nets, JAY Z’s Barclays Center stands to be one of the most important landmarks in the region since Brooklyn lost the Dodgers to LA some decades ago.

As it pertains to its importance to hip-hop, JAY Z’s Barclays Center is another testament to the power of the culture that helped catapult a kid from Brooklyns Marcy Projects into one of today’s most entrepreneurial entertainers.

Congratulations to Jay and Happy B Day Big Homie!

Documentary: Activate – Kenya Rising “Evolution Not Revolution”

We have heard all the horror stories about Kenya’s 2007 post Election violence that left thousands dead and hundreds of thousand permanently displaced.

As the 2013 election approaches a sense of panic begins to set in as the majority prepare for the worst, while they hope for the best.

Activate Kenya is a documentary featuring award winning Photo Journalist Boniface Mwangi, who takes on the bold mission of creating social awareness in Kenya through photography, graffiti, protest and pure courage.

The bold statement the 27 year old sets out to make is made even more apparent when the the film captures the profound effect these simple messages have on the masses.

It is no secret that since Barack Obama’s victory the world has become more aware of Kenya’s existence and like most other nations in Africa, Kenya continues to suffer from impunity, unfair politics, social inequalities and corruption.

Boniface hopes to accomplish the difficult task of convincing the majority to vote their leaders wisely and not succumb to the perpetuated tribal propaganda.

Documentary: 20 Year Tribute To UGK

After the release of their first full-length Jive debut “Too Hard To Swallow”, the legendary group consisting of Bun B and the late Pimp C created a legacy like no other.

The Port Arthur, Texas duo has gone on to become one of hip-hop’s premier duos and winning numerous awards as well as securing the respect and recognition of 2 generations of hip-hop fans worldwide.

T.I. – VH1 Behind the Music “King Of The South”

TI has come a long way in his career considering its been almost 13 years since he first hit the scene.

Some may recall his early cameo appearances in fellow Atlanta stars Young Bloods “85” to Donell Jones feat Left Eye “you know whats up”, to becoming one of today’s most sort out hip-hop stars.

The journey has been one that has blessed the Hip-Hop world with one of the most prolific careers, as well as helped pave the way for a region and introduced the genre to the now popular “Trap Muzik”.

Most admire TIP for his charisma, as well as the ability to overcome adversity and remain relevant even after a couple brushes with death and run ins with the law.

VH1 takes you behind the scenes and introduces you to the many facets of TI, the self proclaimed “King Of The South”.

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