• Watch the Trailer for the Stretch and Bobbito Documentary

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    Stretch and Bobbito
     
    During the 1990s, radio hosts Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to future rap stars like The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Fugees. Their late-night program, The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show, developed a cult following and changed music forever.
     
    Now, 17 years after their last broadcast, Saboteur Media has produced a documentary to tell their story. The film, which will be available to stream on October 22, features some of the show’s biggest guests such as Jay Z, Eminem, and Nas.
     
    Watch the two-minute trailer below.
     

     
    Related: Documentary Explores the Golden Era of New York Radio

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  • ‘Rubble Kings’ Mixtape Features the Sounds That Inspired Hip-Hop

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    Rubble Kings
     
    To celebrate the release of the Rubble Kings documentary, SiriusXM’s Sammy Needlz has joined forces with Rok One, DJ Tahleim, and the film’s director Shan Nicholson on a mixtape inspired by the film.
     
    The documentary is about New York City during the late ’60s and early ’70s when gangs ruled the streets. It chronicles the story of a few extraordinary people who brought peace to their gang-ridden streets and gave birth to hip-hop culture.
     
    The 55-minute Rubble Kings mix features a diverse selection of music — from the “anthemic soul and funk of the Black struggle, to the salsa and Boogaloo of the Latin Barrios, to the gritty and abrasive psychedelic rock of White gangland.”
     
    Many of the songs in the mix were originally intended to appear on the documentary’s soundtrack but were omitted for various legal and budgetary reasons. Now, for the first time ever, fans can hear the songs that were originally intended for the film.
     
    Stream the mix below and download it on the Rubble Kings website.
     

     
    Tracklist:

    1. Mandrill – Peace and Love (Amani Na Mapenzi): Movement IV (Encounter)
    2. Baby Huey & The Babysitters – Hard Times
    3. Syl Johnson – Concrete Reservation
    4. The Chi-Lites – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
    5. Les DeMerle – A Day In The Life
    6. David McCallum – The Edge
    7. Chicago Gangsters – Gangster Boogie
    8. Ernie Hines – Our Generation
    9. Johnny Pate – Brother On The Run
    10. Joe Cuba Sextet – Do You Feel It?
    11. Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe – Calle Luna Calle Sol
    12. Orchestra Harlow – La Raza Latina
    13. Bacalao Con Pan – Irakere
    14. Candido – Jingo
    15. Joe Cain & His Orchestra – Kenyatta
    16. Black Sabbath – War Pigs
    17. Led Zeppelin – Good Times Bad Times
    18. The Rolling Stones – Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
    19. The Doors – Five To One
    20. The Stooges – 1969
    21. Flaming Ember – Gotta Get Away
    22. Elephant’s Memory – Mongoose
    23. War – War Is Coming! War Is Coming!
    24. Gator Soundtrack – Laying The Trap
    25. Som Tres – Take It Easy My Brother Charles
    26. Billy Paul – War Of The Gods
    27. Ghetto Brothers – Ghetto Brothers Power
    28. Booker T. & The MGs – Melting Pot
    29. Incredible Bongo Band – Apache
    30. Rhythm Heritage – Theme From S.W.A.T.
    31. James Brown – Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
    32. The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park
    33. Babe Ruth – The Mexican
    34. The Jimmy Castor Bunch – It’s Just Begun

     
    Related: Listen to Sammy Needlz’s ‘Friday Fix’ Mix

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  • BBC Releases Trailer for Daft Punk Documentary

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    BBC has shared a trailer for Unchained, the first-ever documentary film about Daft Punk. The movie first aired back in June on French TV network Canal+ and is expected to roll out in international markets before year’s end.
     
    The one-minute trailer features commentary and rare footage from Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Paul Williams, and Nile Rodgers.
     
    Related: Chilly Gonzales Explains the Genius of Daft Punk’s ‘Aerodynamic’

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  • Documentary Explores the Golden Era of New York Radio

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    In addition to their huge collection of lectures with influential hip-hop, funk, and electronic artists, Red Bull Music Academy also makes high-quality documentaries.
     
    One of our favorites is a piece about the golden era of New York radio titled, “Revolutions On Air.” The 17-minute video, which was uploaded back in April, tells the story of the DJs who helped make hip-hop a worldwide phenomenon and paved the way for today’s urban contemporary radio.
     
    Hosted by MC Lyte, the documentary features commentary from legends like Marley Marl, Kool DJ Red Alert, Stretch Armstrong, and DJ Spinna. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in the development of hip-hop and urban radio.
     
    Related: Diplo Discusses the Importance of Radio

  • Watch Part Two of Future’s ‘Like I Never Left’ Documentary

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    With his new album Dirty Sprite 2 dropping on Friday, Future has released part of two his documentary series, Like I Never Left.
     
    The piece begins with the Atlanta rapper recording at Noah “40” Shebib’s studio in Toronto and then goes to Chicago, where he sits down with Elliot Wilson to discuss his career.
     
    Topics include the meaning behind “Commas,” being known for a body of work as opposed to singles, staying consistent throughout the years, and more. The video then concludes with a snippet of an unreleased song from his new album.
     
    Related: Watch Future’s ‘F#ck Up Some Commas’ Video

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  • New Video Explores The Evolution of EDM and How Technology Has Changed the Role of DJs

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    Pioneer DJ has released a video that explores the evolution of electronic dance music and how technology has changed the role of DJs. It is the third and final part of a documentary series about the company’s history.
     
    The sixteen-minute piece features commentary from veterans such as Laidback Luke, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, DJ Shadow, Skream, and Paul Oakenfold.
     
    Topics discussed include the early days of DJing, the transition from vinyl to digital, how rekordbox improved the CDJ experience, and the blurring of the lines between DJing and producing.
     
    We also recommend checking out the first and second parts of the series, which look at the evolution of Pioneer’s CDJ line and its various mixers. Watch them here and here.
     
    Related: Quick Tips for Using Effects with Pioneer DJM Mixers

  • DJ AM Documentary to Premiere at Tribeca Festival

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    DJ AM
     
    The highly anticipated documentary titled As I Am: The Life and Times of DJ AM is set to premiere this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
     
    Tribeca’s Loren Hammonds writes:
     

    “Director Kevin Kerslake presents a rousing portrait of an artist driven by passion and swallowed by fame. In detailing his meteoric rise and tragic demise, Kerslake intersperses interviews with some of the biggest names in music including Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Jazzy Jeff, and more, who testify to the excellence and influence of AM’s deejay career. No voice is more powerful than AM’s own as he posthumously narrates the film, always making clear his understanding that any day might be his last.”

     
    For showtimes and more information, visit the festival’s website.
     
    Related: A-Trak Pays Tribute to Club DJs While at Coachella

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  • New Documentary Searches for Africa’s Best Nightclub

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    Africa
     
    DJ culture is thriving right now, but not just in America and Europe. DJs are making an impact in communities around the world, and a new documentary from BBC World News explores Africa’s vibrant nightlife scene.
     
    “The Best Nightclub in Africa” follows DJ Edu as he travels to Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Morocco, and Botswana. Edu is a Kenyan-born, London-based DJ and hosts BBC Radio 1Xtra’s “Destination Africa” show.
     
    You can watch the documentary on BBC World News this Saturday, March 28 at 12:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EDT.
     
    In the meantime, check out this clip of Edu exploring Botswana:
     

     
    H/T: Styles Davis
     
    Related: GTA Discusses the Influence of Latin Music on Their Sound

  • Watch Revolt’s Holy Ship! Documentary

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    Flume
     
    Ever wondered what it’s like to party on the Holy Ship! festival cruise? Thanks to Revolt, those who’ve been itching to set sail in the Caribbean can now watch a documentary about this year’s event.
     
    The network’s 30-minute video includes extensive interview and performance footage of artists such as A-Trak, Flume, Boys Noize, RL Grime, Laidback Luke, Disclosure and many more. The documentary also follows Holy Ship!’s founder Destructo as he hangs with artists and partygoers, all while providing commentary.
     
    We’re not big fans of cruises, but after watching this video and talking with people who’ve attended Holy Ship!, we’ll definitely consider partaking in next year’s shenanigans.
     
    Watch the entire documentary below.
     

     
    Related: Watch Craze and A-Trak’s B2B Set at Holy Ship

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  • Dr. Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent Featured in Shady Records Documentary

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    Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg reflect on how Shady Records became one of the most dominant labels of the 2000s.
     

    “Eminem is a f*cking genius, man.” – Dr Dre

     
    Related: The Making of 50 Cent’s ‘Patiently Waiting’ Feat. Eminem

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