Netflix Original: Rapture

31 . Mar . 2018
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Hip Hop rose to fame decades ago and it was the nineties that really formed this genre of music. The nineties saw some of the biggest names in rap music achieve their true and full potential. However, rap music has been dogged with violence and even gang rivalries – with some assassinations and deaths besmirching the entire music industry.

So, it’s surprising that there’s few documentaries that talk about the life and times of the biggest names in rap. After 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and Eminem’s 8 Mile, this is another documentary about rap. Interestingly, Rapture isn’t about any one performer. The documentary features some of the hottest names like Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie with da Hoodie, 2 Chainz and Just Blaze. The documentary begins with an initial introduction, their journey through the world of rap music and their current projects.

What’s WOW? What Rapture succeeds in doing, is creating a picture about rap and rap stars without the drugs, alcohol and violence that’s usually associated with the business. What it also succeeds in doing is introducing the person behind the brand. Of course, some of the content can be self-serving, but at least the content tells us that not all the rapstars are in the business just for the money.

What’s Blah? This may be because of paucity of time – they are putting in a whole story in just one episode – but the videos look more like a tour promotional video. For example, the first episode, that covers Logic, doesn’t talk much about Logic’s personal life and life before he became Logic and instead dedicates most of the footage on his upcoming tour.

Parting Shot: Rapture is a good window into the lives of celebrities. We should have more like these.

Director: Sasha Jenkins

Cast:  Logic, T.I, Nas, 2 Chainz

Rapture is now streaming on Netflix.

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