Get in the mood before you watch THE REALNESS with playlists for Spotify, Netflix, and YouTube
curated by members of THE REALNESS creative team and Arizona hip hop artists.
Idris Goodwin: Can I Kick It?
Idris Goodwin (Playwright of The Realness) shares how his relationship with hip hop was the vehicle to finding his voice as a storyteller and breaks down the essential elements of an effective rapper.
The MC is a Lady: A playlist celebrating women in hip hop by DJ Kim E Fresh
An Arizona native, DJKimEFresh has quickly become one of the most prominent female DJs in the Phoenix area. Featured in The Arizona Republic as one of the top club DJs in metro Phoenix, KimEFresh is known for her upbeat and eclectic sets which glide from funk and disco, to hip-hop, house, rock, and reggae. KimEFresh can be found around the valley playing to many of Arizona’s best venues, underground parties, private and corporate events.
Brown Sugar and Beyond: A playlist of hip hop movies, television and docs
by Associate Artistic Director Chanel Bragg
Brown Sugar (Film, 2002)
Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) and Dre (Taye Diggs) can attribute their friendship and the launch of their careers to one single childhood instant … witnessing the birth of hip-hop on a New York street corner. Now some 15 years later, she is a revered music critic and he is a successful, though unfulfilled, music executive. Both come to realize that their true life passions will only be fulfilled by remembering what they learned that day on the corner.
Roxeanne Roxeanne (Netflix Film, 2017)
The most feared battle emcee in the early 1980s in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenager from the Queensbridge projects. At the age of 14, Roxanne Shanté was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend, as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the street.
The 40-Year-Old-Version (Netflix Film, 2020)
Desperate for a breakthrough as she nears the big 4-0, struggling New York City playwright Radha (Radha Blank) finds inspiration by reinventing herself as a rapper.
Hip Hop Evolution (Netflix Documentary Series, 2016)
Hip-hop music first developed in the United States in the 1970s and has steadily grown in popularity in the decades since then. This docuseries traces the genre’s dynamic evolution from the beginning through the 1990s. It starts with a look at artists — including Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash — who laid the foundation early on, and then moves on to other influential groups like Run-DMC and Public Enemy. The show also explores differences in hip-hop on the East Coast compared to the West Coast.
Rhythm + Flow (Netflix Reality Competition, 2019)
Judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. search for the next breakout hip-hop star in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago.
The Rap Game (Reality Competition,2016)
Grammy winner Jermaine Dupri is back to mentor a new group of seven aspiring rappers, all between the ages of 12 and 16, who are competing to earn a recording contract with Dupri’s label, So So Def Recordings. Other musical luminaries — including Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg and Flo Rida — join Dupri in helping guide the youngsters throughout the season. This year’s crop of contestants includes 12-year-old Jayla Marie, who first grabbed attention when Nas shared her YouTube video; Lil’ Key, a 15-year-old who first rapped in a church talent show when he was 10; 12-year-old Mini Barbie, who was able to sing a Beyoncé song when she was 2; and 16-year-old Tally, whose passion for acting was overcome by her love for rapping when she initially discovered her ability.
Love Beats Rhyme (Netflix Film, 2017)
A young woman dreams of making it big in the world of hip hop, but her parents demand that she finish her university degree. She dutifully agrees to complete her education, but her spoken word proves to have a powerful impact in the classroom.
Yo! MTV Raps (Television, 1988)
Yo! MTV Raps is a two-hour television music video program, which first aired on MTV Europe from 1987 to mid-90s and on MTV US from August 1988 to August 1995. The program was the first hip hop music show on the network, based on the original MTV Europe show, aired one year earlier.