De La Soul
With more than ten years of creativity, innovation, and honesty under their belts, De La Soul are the enduring definition of Alternative Rap. Whatever the mainstream trend happens to be, De La coax listeners into their neck of the woods with their friendly style and approach. The three plugs (Posdnous, Trugoy, and Pasemaster Mase) put their heads together with legendary producer Prince Paul to create hip-hop that laughs in the face of the latest crop of overnight superstars and their often ridiculous pretensions. Whether it's pounds of gold chains and hundred-dollar sneakers or claims of Mafioso status, De La Soul put everything in its proper perspective for their fans, who turn to the New York team for a shred of truth and a breath of fresh air. It's ironic that the one thing they've always been derided for -- their failure to act hard and adopt violent themes -- is what's placed them permanently in hip-hop's top echelons.
93 'Til Infinity
Souls of Mischief
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minTil Infinity is a full length documentary celebrating the twenty year anniversary of the critically acclaimed Souls of Mischief album 93 Til Infinity With over 50 interviews with notable MC's, producers and DJ's Til Infinity offers a retrospective and in-depth look at the famed Hieroglyphics crews landmark 1993 debut album Oakland California filmmaker Shomari Smith interviewed the entire Hieroglyphics collective while traveling across the country to capture intimate dialog with hip hop notables.
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minRun DMC were one of the true pioneers of rap music. Formed in the early eighties they had a string of hit singles and multi-platinum albums through the decade which helped to define the sound of contemporary rap music. They also pioneered the crossover with rock and pop typified by their worldwide hit Walk This Way, which they recorded with Aerosmith. This concert at Montreux in 2001 was one of the last they performed before the tragic death of Jam Master Jay in 2002.
Live at the Lovebox 2014
Runtime: 56 minNas comes to London’s Lovebox Festival with his iconic “Illmatic” album (meaning “beyond ill” or “the ultimate”). This album uses samples galore in the best example of hip hoppers honoring banging beats.
Live at The Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minPublic Enemy, also known as PE, is an influential hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for its politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Public Enemy number forty-four on its list of the Immortals: 100. Here, the group performs at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on December 27, 2008.
Live at the Gramercy Theater 2014
Runtime: 60 minLonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer. He maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. This intimate live performance gives the fans the chance to see him perform live at Gramercy Theater.