It will be interesting to see the effect this film has on the hip hop community upon its 2009 release especially since some of the central characters in the film are still alive today e.g Puff Daddy and Snoop Dogg. Until then, here’s a brief list of films I recommend to wet you appetite on the gangster rapper sub-genre-
Biggie and Tupac (2002)
This is an awesome documentary and a Herculean effort on behalf of white director Nick Broomfield who ploughed through the neighbourhoods of Tupac and Biggie in attempt to uncover the truth behind their deaths. There’s some brilliant and rare footage of the two rappers in their youth hustling and freestyling on the streets of Brooklyn. More than just the back-story, Broomfield literally risks his life to document the events that led to the untimely deaths of two promising artists.
Get Rich or Die Tryin (2006)
From six time Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan this film is based on the youth of Curtis `50 cent’ Jackson. Sheridan’s film exceeds the gangster genre by refusing to skimp on the details. He shows his protagonist for what he is; a criminal who leads a dangerous and empty life. Critically this was extremely well received and praised for working as a gritty crime thriller. A must see.