It's time for a history lesson.
Look around on the internet and you'll find a treasure chest full of classic hip hop material for your peepers.
Big Fun In The Big Town
This is a Dutch documentary from 1986 featuring a bit of a fashion victim who has somehow managed to snag the best acts in New York to interview Schoolly D, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons and then the last 20 minutes moves up to 1993 and meets Ice T in his L.A. mansion.
80 Blocks From Tiffany
Remember how you always hear about Bam originating from the tough New York gangs to create the the Zulu Nation? Well this hour-long doc features The Savage Skulls and The Savage Nomads, two prominent gangs at the time (this was made in 1979). This is interesting especially if you are a fan of Walter Hill's The Warriors.
Rapping - Lowdown.
Shown during kids tv in 1988, this UK documentary featured a variety of different hip hop fans from around Britain; some inner city, some not.
If you've already seen this you know how classic it is (although not always intentionally). If you haven't then you're in for a treat.
Sample line, "One day in Maths I was about to sneeze and what came out was this snare drum sound!"
Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2mEYGLm7l8
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIpUTPnJDrU&feature=related
Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKFMH8qlqzU&feature=related
Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XmBffoq43Y&feature=related
Part 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFKWoByEaX4&feature=related
Big shout to Alex for starting the ball rolling on this one.