Rap and Hip-Hop have been one of the most endeared and beloved genres of music for a long time. With its upbeat and groovy tempo, complemented by the fast-paced tracks, this musical style raises the adrenaline levels to new heights. From time-time, the talents of directors have brought together pieces observing, critiquing and showcasing the industry. From Eminem rapping his way through in ‘8 Mile’ to 50 Cent pursuing his ambitions to change the scene of music in ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’, from Lauren Lazin composing an art on Tupac in ‘Tupac: Resurrection’ to artists building new hip-hop groups in ‘Straight Outta Compton’, the films have showcased the industry with passion and love.
For this list, I have taken into account films which blend the technique of filmmaking and inculcate rap in its narrative with brilliance. The films on this list provided a variety of aspects of the art and the artists. Some are intrinsic documentaries looking into the artistic yet dark sides of the profession, some are fictionalised portrayals of artists and some are a figment of crative imagination looking into the world of rap, hip-hop and music as a whole. So, without further ado, here is the list of top rapper movies ever made. You can watch several of these best rapper movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005)
Starring 50 Cent as Marcus “Young Caesar” Greer, ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is a biographical crime film. Directed by American screenwriter and filmmaker Jim Sheridan, the film chronicles the life of inner-city drug dealer, the protagonist Marcus Greer, who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, which is rap music. Sharing the name from the highly successful rap album of the same name, composed by 50 Cent, the film is an acquired taste. Not the most cohesive narrative, ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is modelled for 50 Cent devotees and rap music connoisseurs.
11. Notorious (2009)
Directed by American filmmaker George Tillman Jr., ‘Notorious’ is a biographical drama of the titular American rapper Notorious B.I.G. or Christopher Wallace. Starring American actor and rapper Jamal Woolard as the titular rapper, the film explores his life as an artist as well as his personal life. While the film has its flaws, ‘Notorious’ was quite appreciated by several critics for the film’s detour from traditional biopic tropes to focus more on the person rather than the star.