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First Impressions: Netflix’s Rapture examines the power of hip hop with empathy and intimacy

Hip hop, now considered the dominant and most popular style of contemporary music in the world, is one of the most powerful and important forms of art to emerge in the past few decades, and that can be an incredibly hard notion for many to wrap their head around. The fascination with the art and culture has never been more prevalent, and we’re seeing that come across frequently with films (like Straight Outta Compton), TV series (like The Get Down) and documentaries (like The Defiant Ones) all of which can be related to one another due to a strong and powerful focus on context. These three works sketch in the reasons behind the rhymes, tethering hip hop’s music to the wider contexts in which these artists come from in order to make more people understand what is sometimes a very esoteric art form, one that requires a much deeper understanding of the culture to fully appreciate.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Rapture director Marcus A. Clarke on T.I., G-Eazy and A Boogie wit da Hoodie

Ahead of Netflix and Mass Appeal’s new docuseries examining hip hop through various rappers across generations, we took to the red carpet preview at the recent SXSW Film Festival to speak to some of the cast and crew. Marcus A. Clarke, who serves as director for three of the eight episodes was once such crew member in attendance, giving us insight into the lives and perspectives of the three artists whose stories he helped bring to life, from Atlanta veteran T.I, to Oakland emcee G-Eazy, to rising New York artist A Boogie wit da Hoodie.... Continue Reading

Discussing the rise of Just Blaze in Netflix’s Rapture with director Gabriel Noble

In just a few days time, music fans will be given a unique insight into the lives and perspectives of individual rappers with new Netflix docuseries Rapture. Produced in collaboration with Mass Appeal, the eight-part hip hop series will look at the culture and art via artists across generations, one being super producer Just Blaze.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Sacha Jenkins talks hip hop and art for new Netflix series Rapture

Netflix has hooked up with Sacha Jenkins and several other directors to curate a new eight-part docuseries on hip hop. Premiering around the world at the end of March, Rapture will bring unique perspectives on the personal lives of various well-known and rising stars within the culture, from Nas and T.I to Dave East and Rapsody, with each episode focusing on one or two of these artists and really focusing on different aspects on their careers and stories.... Continue Reading