Various Artists - Beat Kings: The History Of Hip Hop (DVD)
Spearheaded by longtime Wu-Tang Clan producer/DJ Mathematics, "Beat Kings" is an in-depth documentary exploring the art of hip hop production. The film chronicles the history of beat-making from its early beginnings into the 21st century, bringing viewers inside the studios of high-profile producers as they discuss the process behind making hit records. Tapping a who’s who of hip hop production pioneers, "Beat Kings" features interviews with Kanye West, DJ Premier, Alchemist, Just Blaze, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Swizz Beatz, RZA, Prince Paul, Salaam Remi, David Banner, Havoc, Trackmasters, Easy Mo Bee, Ski Beatz, and more. These beatsmiths are responsible for crafting classic tracks from a staggering number of iconic artists, including Jay-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne, Wu-Tang Clan, Drake, 50 Cent, De La Soul, LL Cool J, The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, Eminem, 2Pac, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Big Daddy Kane, Snoop Dogg, T.I., KRS-One, Common, Mos Def, and many more. With legendary producers offering insight on everything from their influences to their preferred equipment, "Beat Kings" is a fascinating look at the musical architects behind one of the world’s most powerful art forms.