Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My favorite documentary

When it comes to hip hop related documentaries, I've seen quite a few and most of them have been either very good or excellent. Just to name a few, I've seen Letter To The President, the entire "Beef" series, Tupac Resurrection, The MC, The Art of 16 Bars, and all of those were great to watch. I still have to check out the A Tribe Called Quest documentary, and I can't wait to see Ice-T's latest one (it's unfortunate that T's doc is not in any theatres in my area).

"Welcome To Death Row" is not only my favorite documentary, I feel it's the best documentary of all time. Each time I watch it I feel as though I learn something new each time out. It also goes without saying that I'm a long time Death Row fan, as their run at the top of hip hop (92-96) was unprecedented and certainly marked an era in American culture and history (ha, a small quote from the doc!).  Death Row defined and reshaped practically the entire sound of the West Coast. You may have had duplicates and imitators, but there was only ONE Death Row Records. If only this doc could've been made years later instead of 2001, but I won't complain about that too much. Overall, this is a phenomenal piece of work and I highly recommend it to those who haven't seen it. Long live Death Row!!!!!

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