Street Music: Top 20 Movies About Rappers

Real rap legends started their career from the bottom: ghettos, poverty, drug trafficking instead of school, gang wars, harsh street laws. Difficult life circumstances were embodied in sharp, sharply social texts that gained popularity all over the world. The list of the best films about rappers includes musical films filled with rocking beats, behind-the-scenes details and incredible drama.

Black Mafia Family (TV series 2021)

Among foreign novelties of cinema, this crime drama stands out for its stellar “rapper” team. 50 Cent is producing, Snoop Dogg and Eminem have small roles, and one of the Flenory brothers, nicknamed Mitch, is played by his real-life son Demetrius Jr. The events of the mini-series based on real events take place in the late 1980s. In an effort to get rich, two simple black guys from the Detroit working-class district, the brothers Terry and Demetrius Flenory founded one of the largest gangs in the United States.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Black Mafia Family

Genre:
Biography, crime, drama

Actors:
Demetrius “Junior Mitch” Flenory, Da’Vinci, Russell Hornsby …

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Where you’re from? (2020)

In the semi-autobiographical movie, a hip-hop artist with Pakistani roots receives an invitation to act as the opening act for a real star’s tour. The first performance should take place in London, where the hero’s family lives. A meeting with relatives after a long separation is overshadowed by terrible news: the musician will soon not be able to go on stage due to a fatal diagnosis .

Original Title :
Mogul Mowgli

Genre:
Drama, Music

Actors:
Riz Ahmed, Anyana Vasan, Aiysha Hart…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age Restrictions :
18+


Wu-Tang: An American Saga (TV series 2019)

A new serial film about rap culture is based on the fictional history of a real musical group. An aspiring performer from the ghetto plans to stop selling drugs and take up creativity. The rising star gathers around him a dozen black guys who are also determined to put an end to crime and pursue a stage career.

Original Title :
Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Genre:
Drama, Biography, Music

Actors:
Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.3


Afterparty (2018)

A young talented guy always wanted to be famous, but the fulfillment of his dream did not bring happiness. The young man became famous not for his songs, but for a rather scandalous incident. Notoriety brings only problems, so a damaged reputation must be urgently saved. To whiten his name, the hero will have to find a way to get into the coolest party in New York.

Original title:
The After Party

Genre:
Comedy, music

Actors:
Harrison Holzer, Kyle Harvey, Jordan Rock…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.8


Cold case (TV series 2018)

The top foreign films about rappers continue with a foreign serial drama based on real events from the biographies of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Both key figures became victims of assassins – the musicians died from bullets during the so-called “war of the coasts”. The creators of the project restore the picture of the death of two iconic rap artists.

Original title:
Unsolved

Genre:
Crime, biography

Actors:
Josh Duhamel, Bokeem Woodbine, Wevie Jones…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.9


2pac: Legend (2017)

An exciting biographical drama worth watching for all fans of the famous Tupac Shakur. An ordinary guy from the black ghetto, a regular participant in criminal showdowns, managed to become a real star, gain money, fame and respect. Despite problems with the law and an early tragic death, Tupac gained a multimillion-dollar army of fans and was known as the true voice of the streets.

Original title:
All Eyez on Me

Genre:
Drama, biography, music

Actors:
Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Atlanta (TV series, 2016 – 2018)

A cool serial film with a high rating about an aspiring American rapper and his unlucky cousin. The young man who flew out of the university managed to quarrel with the girl and his family. The only way to establish old contacts and improve your well-being is to find an approach to your cousin, who is rapidly climbing the musical Olympus.

Original title:
Atlanta

Genre:
Drama, comedy, music

Actors:
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Saturated (2016)

In a great movie about rap battles, a white American is so passionate about black music that he even writes a dissertation on hip-hop when he goes to graduate school. To interview a youth idol, a researcher goes to an indoor bar where rap stars compete against each other. Immersed in the world of rhymes and punches, the young explorer himself becomes a battle rapper, overthrowing rivals and delighting the crowd of spectators.

Original title:
Bodied

Genre:
Drama, comedy, music

Actors:
Calam Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Voice of the Streets (2015)

The biographical drama is based on the story of true gangsta rap legends – the NWA group. Five daring guys, protesting against police lawlessness and social tension, create a hip-hop gang, and subsequently their own label. Despite the constant contradictions in the team and serious problems with the law, uncompromising performers win the love of millions of fans.

Original title:
Straight Outta Compton

Genre:
Drama, biography, history, music

Actors:
O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Let It Shine (2012)

In a cheerful family movie about rappers, the modest son of a pastor writes a song dedicated to a popular performer among teenagers. A successful composition impresses the girl and wins a prize in the competition. Due to a misunderstanding, the best friend of the protagonist was considered the author of the song. A crafty friend, taking advantage of the situation, rests on his laurels and seeks the girl’s reciprocity.

Original title:
Let It Shine

Genre:
Drama, family, music

Actors:
Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones, Trevor Jackson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 6.5


You are God (2012)

The art of rap is ubiquitous and each country has its own heroes of this musical genre. The dramatic film is dedicated to the history of the Polish group Paktofonika, famous for its daring and sharply social composition “I am God”. The company of simple guys, thanks to bold texts and hard reading, managed to become real idols for many of their fellow citizens.

Original title:
Jestes Bogiem

Genre:
Drama, biography, music

Actors:
Marcin Kowalczyk, David Ogrodnik, Tomasz Schuchardt…

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.6


Life changes you (2010)

A popular German movie about a singer performing rap music. While touring with concerts in Germany, the musician receives a postcard from his father. The message evokes memories of childhood and adolescence, overshadowed by abuse in the family, going to crime, the threat of prison . Even after many years, demons coming from the past haunt a successful person who has taken place.

Original title:
Zeiten ändern Dich

Genre:
Drama, biography, music

Actors:
Bushido, Moritz Bleibtreu, Reza Brogerdi …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 2.9


Notorious (2009)

An excellent film about one of the greatest rappers in American history – Christopher Wallace, better known by his stage name Notorious BIG A young man from a poor family of Jamaican immigrants, having gone through poverty and prison, managed to record several diamond and platinum albums with dark songs about drugs and crime. The bright, rich life of the idol of millions was tragically cut short in its prime.

Original title:
Notorious

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography, music

Actors:
Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke, Dennis L.A. White …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Just Another Day (2009)

A musical drama with an unusual plot will show one day in the life of two characters. Two musicians are very similar to each other, but at the same time separated by an unbridgeable abyss. The hip-hop star has firmly established himself on the musical Olympus, but is in danger of falling off the pinnacle of fame. A street freestyler is forced to improvise not only in public performances, but also in the struggle for existence.

Original title:
Just Another Day

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Wood Harris, Jamie Hector, Ja Rule…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 5.0

Age limit:
18+


Talented Guy (2008)

The protagonist lives in a poor neighborhood in Puerto Rico where crime thrives. Edgar himself joins the gang, but falling in love with a girl from the suburbs forces him to hide ties in criminal circles. The appearance of a lady of the heart also affects creativity – a young man tries to express the rhythms of life through music. The first recordings come out devoid of soul and energy, and in the subsequent ones a real drive appears.

Original title:
Talento de barrio

Genre:
Action, drama, crime, music

Actors:
Daddy Yankee, Maestro, Katiriya Soto…

Country:
Puerto Rico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Feel the Rhythm (2007)

The protagonist dreams of reading hard lyrics to the beat for enthusiastic crowds of fans, but the conflict with local gangsters makes him forget about his career and focus on saving lives. The guy finds shelter in Puerto Rico. An alien cultural environment becomes a source of inspiration for creativity. The musician is imbued with the color of local rhythms and motifs.

Original title:
Feel the Noise

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Rosa Arredondo, Luis Cruz, Meloni Diaz…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 3.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Fuss and Movement (2005)

The crafty pimp is doing well with business , but the desire to be realized in rap haunts. The first recorded album needs a thorough promotion. A modern hip-hop superstar comes to town. To win favor with a visiting celebrity, the pimp sends the best girls to the guest. The leading actor, in order to more accurately convey the character’s character, talked to almost a hundred pimps and lived in a brothel for a month.

Original title:
Hustle & Flow

Genre:
Drama, crime, music

Actors:
Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Get Rich or Die (2005)

The plot of the biopic intertwines fiction and real facts from the life of the popular rapper 50 Cent. Having miraculously escaped death, the protagonist goes over in his memory the main events on his life path. An ordinary orphan from Queens, who traded in drugs, had to put in a lot of effort to become a world-class superstar in the future.

Original title:
Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography, music

Actors:
50 Cent, Adewale Aquinoye-Agbaje, Joy Bryant …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


8 Mile (2002)

A simple white hard worker from industrial Detroit, who is exhausted at work and left his pregnant girlfriend, dreams of being realized in black music. Finding an emotional outlet in hip-hop, the guy performs at rap battles with varying degrees of success. A new love leads to conflict with a gang of blacks. The lead actor Eminem was awarded the Oscar for the best song for the film, which gained popularity among Russian viewers.

Original title:
8 Mile

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Turn it up (2000)

The young rapper aspires to become a superstar and make millions, but so far the young talent has no money even for a demo. The difficult financial situation is complicated by other life difficulties: the death of a mother, the pregnancy of a girl, a meeting with a father who has long since left the family. In an attempt to earn extra money, Diamond deals drugs and takes part in a risky robbery .

Original title:
Turn It Up

Genre:
Action, drama, crime, music

Actors:
Pras Michel, Ja Rule, Jason Statham…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 4.2

Age restrictions:
18+


CB 4: Fourth in a row (1993)

In a mind-blowing comedy film , three ordinary guys dreaming of money and fame form the group “Prison Block 4”. The guys, performing harsh and rude texts about mafia life , get used to the role of gangsta rappers so much that in the eyes of others they begin to look like real seasoned criminals. Famous musicians, actors and athletes starred in the episodes .

Original title:
CB4

Genre:
Comedy, music

Actors:
Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Deezer Di…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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