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Five Reasons You Should See Ice-T's 'The Art of Rap'

Last night, Ice-T premiered his new film The Art of Rap -- a documentary steeped in hip-hop history that breaks down the technique and science behind rapping -- at a private screening held at New York's Tribeca Cinemas. Ice -- who makes his directorial debut with the doc -- was present for the event and, eagerly, answered questions from the crowd about his intent and expectations, which was to "take us on an intimate journey into the hearts and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music." Mission accomplished. Despite early industry rumblings regarding the few not featured in the film (most notably Jay-Z), Ice did an incredible job gathering a mix of obvious legends like Melle Mel, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Grandmaster Caz while throwing in a few surprises like Eminem, Dr. Dre and Kanye West. Here are five reasons (not that you need them) to see Ice-T's The Art of Rap:

5. Amazing Quotables

Imagine having the opportunity to pick the brain of your favorite hip-hop legend. When Ice-T turns the camera on he gets some of the most classic responses, like Grandmaster Caz addressing hip-hop and reinvention or Kool Keith on his rhyming style: "I'm like the Russian Government." The documentary is chock full of one-liners and rap tales worth paying for.

4. It's Not Just a Bronx Tale

We all know hip-hop got it's start in New York, and Ice-T spends the bulk of the film in the Big Apple, but some of the best scenes take place when the rap legend-turned-actor-turned-director heads cross country.

3. It's Like a Hip-Hop Family Reunion

The best part of any reunion is catching up with friends and family. The Art of Hip-Hop features a cast of emcees who've (for the most part) been out of the limelight for enough time that you'll be genuinely excited to see them.

2. Who Doesn't Love a Good Back-story

No spoiler alert needed, but let's just say The Art of Rap features some interesting stories about KRS-One and Kanye West's first time rapping. While West and KRS lamented over their first stab at rapping, others like Rev. Run and Chuck D recall being at the height of fame, and what it meant to be pioneers.

1. Kanye, Eminem and Dr. Dre

I hate to say it, but there's something to be said for having known recluses Dr. Dre and Eminem, and mega-star Kanye West featured in the film. There's no doubt the documentary would still be stellar without the big names, but having contemporary rap stars involved is a great boost.

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.

 

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