17 Essential Hip-Hop Shows Streaming On Netflix You Need To Watch

9 November 2016, 17:34 | Updated: 11 May 2017, 15:53

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We've put together all the best Hip-Hop movies, shows and documentaries currently streaming on Netflix, featuring Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Beyonce and more.

Hip-Hop has always been closely associated with Hollywood. 

Whether it’s movies about rappers, documentaries about the culture or anything in between, there are certain classics you definitely need to see. 

Luckily for you, Netflix has an endless collection of great Hip-Hop shows available to watch.

We’ve narrowed down the greatest TV shows and documentaries you need on your radar right now. 

'The Get Down' (2016)

‘The Get Down’ is an amazing drama series about the origins of Hip-Hop. Based in the South Bronx, it follows a group of teens living in the 1970s surrounded by Hip-Hop culture. Starring Jaden Smith and a musical score by Nas, this is definitely one to watch!

'Biggie & Tupac' (2002)

‘Biggie & Tupac’ is a feature length documentary investigating the tragic murders of the two rappers. Directed and produced by Nick Broomfield, the film suggests the murders were planned by Suge Knight and covered up by the LAPD.


'Top Boy' (2011)

'Top Boy' is a critically-acclaimed UK-based crime drama starring Ashley Walters, Kano, Scorcher and more. Set on a fictional housing estate, it follows the lives of a group of people involved in selling drugs and gang culture.


'Snoop Dogg - Reincarnated' (2013)

This is a interesting documentary showing Snoop Dogg's explorations into Reggae and Rastafarian culture back in 2013. The West Coast rapper completely altered his lifestyle during a trip to Jamaica and even temporarily change his name to Snoop Lion! 


'Coming To America' (1998)

'Coming To America' is a hilarious romantic comedy based on a story created by Eddie Murphy, who also stars in the movie. Fictional character Akeem Joffer comes to the U.S. in the hope of find a woman he can marry.


'Nas - Time Is Illmatic' (2014)

One for the real fans of Hip-Hop, ‘Time Is Illmatic’ is a documentary that explores the circumstances leading up to Nas' classic album 'Illmatic'. The movie includes cameos from Nas, his brother, his father and a number of influential figures in Hip-Hop.


'The Art Of Organised Noize' (2016)

'The Art Of Organised Noize' investigates the pioneers of the Dirty South movement, responsible for the likes of Outkast, Ludacris, Future, Lil John and more. A very interesting watch!


'Dont Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Juice In Your Hood' (1996)

'Don't Be A Menace...' is a Hip-Hop staple that definitely needs to be on your radar. Starring Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans, it's a comedy that spoofs coming-of-age films such as 'Boyz N The Hood', 'Juice', 'South Central' and more.


'Step Up 5' (2014)

Dancing is a huge part of Hip-Hop culture and 'Step Up 5' captures the essence of it. The final instalment of the popular 'Step Up' movie series is filled with drama, excitement and a happy ending.


'Paid In Full' (2002)

‘Paid In Full’ is a crime drama set in Harlem, New York. The movie follows three friends and their professional criminal antics. The characters are actually based on the real lives of Azie ‘AZ’ Fasion, Rich Porter and Aplo Martinez.


'Barbershop' (2002)

Classic 2002 movie ‘Barbershop’ is a comedy based around the heart of Hip-Hop culture...the barbershop. Starring Ice Cube, Eve and more, this is a must-watch!


'Fresh Dressed' (2015)

'Fresh Dressed' is an interesting documentary all about Hip-Hop culture and urban fashion. The Sacha Jenkins-directed movie features appearances from Pharrell, Kanye West, Puff Daddy and more.  

'Soulplane' (2004)

2004 movie 'Soulplane' is a entertaining comedy starring Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Method Man and more. A group of people catch a flight with hilarious consequences!

'Sample This' (2012)

Hip-Hop is founded on the basis of great samples! This documentary takes a look at one of the most famous - which was founded by DJ Herc in the 1970s.


'Gun' (2010)

‘Gun’ is an action-packed movie written by and starring 50 Cent. The film follows the life of a gangster who has been released from jail early, to dangerous circumstances.


'Mac And Devin Go To High School' (2012)

This hilarious comedy stars Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa as the main characters 'Mac Johnson' and 'Devin Overstreet'. The movie follows two high-school students and their experience with cannabis. 

'Dreamgirls' (2006)

'Dreamgirls' is a musical drama with a star studded cast. Featuring Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and more, the film follows the lives of a trio of black soul singers that cross over into the mainstream in the 1960s.

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