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Hip Hop in American Cinema

Melvin Donalson

Hip Hop in American Cinema examines the manner in which American feature films have served as the primary medium for mainstreaming hip hop culture into American society. With their glamorizing portrayals of graffiti writing, break dancing, rap music, clothing, and language, Hollywood movies have established hip hop as a desirable youth movement. This book demonstrates how Hollywood studios and producers have exploited the profitable connection among rappers, soundtracks, and mass audiences. Hip Hop in American Cinema offers valuable information for courses in film studies, popular culture, and American studies.
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Performers’ Filmography


The following is a list of rap artists who appeared in feature-length films by December 2005. This filmography includes films released theatrically, omitting documentaries, straight-to-video vehicles, television movies, and voiceover performances for animation. In some features, the rappers gave cameo appearances as they provided the musical performance for the story line, but the majority of the films included the MCs in fictional roles as major or supporting characters.

The list is as comprehensive as possible, though with some rappers they chose to credit themselves by their birth names, shown in parentheses, or by alternative names which differed from the monikers which made them popular in the hip-hop world. The listing is alphabetically arranged; however, with some performers, such as Tupac Shakur and Marques Houston, the popularity of their first names might place them in the listing accordingly, rather than their last names.

Aaliyah (Aaliyah Haughton)

      Romeo Must Die (2000)

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