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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Excellent docu about West Coast hip-hop; cursing, drugs.

Movie NR 2018 87 minutes
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Whether or not you're a fan of hip-hop and its rich history, you'll appreciate how this documentary traces the origins of this artistic movement. But if you love music, you'll love G-Funk. All interviewed parties freely acknowledge how the music they grew up listening to as kids in the '70s led to the music they made in the '90s, and how none of it came out of a vacuum, but was instead an original twist on their influences. And at the end of the movie, coming full circle, Snoop Dogg and Warren G. talk of how the performers today tell them how they grew up listening to their music as kids in the '90s.

The historical context, the rough neighborhoods the artists grew up in, and the reactionary politics of the 1980s are also explained; it's easy to see how these influences also informed the music. Interviews with Chuck D., Russell Simmons, Ice-T, Deion Sanders, among others, go far in explaining just how original, exciting, and timeless the music that came out of G-Funk has proven to be. And place is given a lot of consideration -- how the frenzy of NYC urban life and the disco of the 1970s had an impact on the beats and style of the hip-hop that came out of there, and how the climate, driving culture, and funk of the '70s had an impact on the hip-hop that came out of Southern California. It's as informative and entertaining as you would want a music documentary to be.

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