Twenty years following the release of his groundbreaking debut album, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences and the obstacles that he faced before signing with a major record label at the age of 20.
A look back at the MTV video-countdown series "Total Request Live" (1998-2008), featuring clips, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and interviews with VJs Carson Daly, Damien Fahey, Hilarie Burton, Vanessa Minnillo and La La Anthony.
An exploration of the connections between hip-hop music and the crack-cocaine epidemic, narrated by Ice-T. Remarks by Snoop Dogg, B-Real, RZA, Raekwon and former drug dealers Azie Faison and Freeway Ricky Ross are included.
Pamela Des Barres, former groupie and author of "I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie" and "Let's Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies," goes on the road to hear rock groupies tell their stories.
A profile of Canadian heavy metal trio Rush includes remarks from their admirers and contemporaries, including Gene Simmons, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, Kirk Hammett, Sebastian Bach and Jack Black.
A celebration of 40 years of "Soul Train" features clips from the show and interviews with Don Cornelius, Snoop Dogg, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Clive Davis, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
A look at events surrounding James Brown's concert at Boston Garden on April 5, 1968, the night after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Many major cities erupted in violence, but Boston was calm, thanks to the airing of Brown's concert on TV. Included: archival footage of the concert; remarks by Brown's band members, longtime manager Charles Bobbit, journalist David Gates, scholar Cornel West, former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young, and Rev. Al Sharpton.
Great rap performances from Jay-Z's New York City concert in November 2003 are offset by fawning in-studio interviews with colleagues and displays of the rapper's own narcissism. The A-list of on-stage talent includes Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Ghostface Killah, ?uestlove and R. Kelly. Directed by Pat Paulson and Michael John Warren.
Those who were in attendance look back on the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival and discuss the event's impact on popular culture. Interviewees include David Crosby; Michelle Phillips; Pete Townshend; Grace Slick; Bob Weir; Micky Dolenz; Ravi Shankar; Clive Davis; Jann Wenner; Paul Kantner; Sammy Hagar.
A look at the final days of TLC singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (1971-2002), who was killed in a car accident in Honduras. Included: excerpts from her journals and home movies shot in Honduras. Produced and directed by Lauren Lazin.
Hip-hop artists Paul Wall, Raekwon and Tego Calderón travel to Sierra Leone to learn about the diamond trade. Meanwhile, rappers including Kanye West and Jadakiss discuss “bling” culture and how it may be negatively affecting West Africans.
This profile of Courtney Love recalls her battle with drugs, husband Kurt Cobain's death and her 18 months in rehab. Also detailed are her plans for the future, including releasing a new album and looking for acting work. The documentary was filmed at her California home and features home movies of Cobain.