An extraordinarily high-selling rapper, DMX's murderous lyrics and affinity for barking have rocketed him up the Pop charts. With super-catchy synth beats provided by Swizz Beatz, Dame Grease, and others, he has become a staple on playlists coast to coast. His always aggressive delivery and violent imagery have captivated the imagination of fans worldwide, prompting him to release three full albums in less than two years. While innovative lyricism and diverse content are two things he will never be accused of, his selling power and reign on the charts cannot be denied.
DMX Concert Films
Up in Smoke
Runtime: 27 minMaking an appearance at the sixth annual Smokeout Festival in San Bernardino, California, was multi-platinum rap artist DMX. The only rap artist to have five consecutive platinum and number one albums simultaneously, DMX performs some of his most popular jams in this final performance before his decision to concentrate on his acting career. See the King of Rap perform his most powerful thug-life anthems, "Who We Be" and "Ya'll Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind," plus two of his biggest hits, "X Gonna Give It To Ya" and "Kaido." In this show, DMX ignites the live crowd like no other rapper can, and demonstrates how he became one of the prime forces behind mainstream Hip Hop's return to street realism during the late '90s.
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minMusic producer, Apple executive and N.W.A. rapper recently announced that he would be releasing his first album since 1999, featuring guests such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg amongst many others. From his humble beginnings with the World Class Wreckinâ€™ Cru, to his brash coming out party with N.W.A., and now as a mentor to some of the greatest recent talent in rap, the Compton-born producer has never eased his stranglehold on the game. Ranked at the top of the Forbes rich list in 2014, Andre Romelle Young, aka Dr. Dre is set to become one of the first hip-hop billionaires in the world! . Follow the inside story of how it all began for Dr. Dre as we take a journey though his pinnacle producer years right through to his lucrative partnership with Apple.
Live at the Blender Theater 2008
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minAside from his solo career, Young Jeezy is well known for helping pioneer the hip hop subgenre trap music, alongside fellow Atlanta-based rappers T.I. and Gucci Mane. This live concert performance captures his unique style and lyrics mastery.
Classic Albums: Reasonable Doubt
Runtime: 54 minJay-Z has been one of the most influential figures in Black American music since the mid-nineties. Initially as a performer racking up an incredibly successful string of hit singles and albums and latterly as an executive, having taken on the presidency of Def Jam Records in 2004. "Reasonable Doubt" was his debut album and is still considered by many to be his finest achievement. A much harder hitting and edgy record than his later more polished and pop orientated releases it announced to the world that a new rap star had arrived. This latest addition to the Classic Albums series sees Jay-Z take us back through the whole creative process behind this stunning first release.
Live at Tabernacle 2008
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minLudacris performs live at The Tabernacle in 2008. The show, in support of his sixth studio album, Release Therapy, which won Best Rap Album for the 2007 Grammy Awards, features performances of “Money Maker,” “What's Your Fantasy” and “Runaway Love”.
Live From the Kennedy Center
Runtime: 52 minWhen Nas was just 19 years old, he composed what would become one of hip-hop’s defining masterpieces, Illmatic. To mark its 20th anniversary, Nas delivers a standout performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. With conductor Steven Reineke taking the orchestra through arrangements of beats by DJ Premier and Large Professor, Nas delivers impassioned renditions of tracks like “N.Y. State of Mind”, “The World Is Yours”, and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)”. Between songs, the program cuts away to both archival and new interview footage to document Nas’ rise from Queensbridge upstart to influential rap icon.
Live At The Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco 2006
Runtime: 45 minSnoop Dogg’s music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A, and as a result was prominently featured throughout Dr. Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic (1992). He has since then sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide
Watch his electrifying LIVE from the sold out world-famous Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco (2006).