Our next Hip-Hop Movie Series is CB4 and it’s coming up on October 11!

A 1993 comedy following a fictional hip-hop group, CB4 is a parody of N.W.A. and gangsta rap of the era. Written by Chris Rock and Nelson George, CB4 features a stellar cast, including Halle Berry, Eazy-E, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Flavor Flav, Shaquille O’Neal, Charlie Murphy, Isaac Hayes, Phil Hartman, Chris Elliot, and the Butthole Surfers. Also includes music from CB4 (voiced by Kool Moe Dee, Daddy-O, and Hi-C), Public Enemy, KRS-One, and the Beastie Boys.

After the screening, join us for a special DJ inspired by the movie at the House of Wax!

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Our next movie showing is Juice and it’s coming up quick on September 6th!

Few movies so perfectly capture early 1990s New York City as JUICE, the 1992 directoral debut of Ernest R. Dickerson — long-time cinematographer for Spike Lee. JUICE stars Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps and features cameos from Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, Oran “Juice” Jones, Ed Lover, Dr. Dre, Fab 5 Freddy, Donald Faison, Treach, Kool DJ Red Alert, Special Ed. It also has one of the single best soundtracks of any hip-hop movie, including joints by Naughty by Nature, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Too $hort, EPMD, Salt-n-Pepa, Cypress Hill, Son of Bazerk, Brand New Heavies & N’Dea Davenport, and Teddy Riley.

After the screening, join us for a special DJ set of 90’s New York Hip-Hop at the House of Wax!

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Our next movie showing is Poetic Justice and it’s coming up quick on August 9th!

POETIC JUSTICE is a classic road trip movie updated with a nuanced look at life and romance in early 1990s South Central LA. Writer/director John Singleton (BOYZ N THE HOOD) assembled a phenomenal cast of stars and supporting actors, including Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Maya Angelou, Q-Tip, Roger Guenveur Smith, Tone Loc, and Michael Rapaport, to tell this story of love and loss.

After the screening, join us for a special DJ set of Hip-Hop Love Songs at the House of Wax!

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Our next movie showing is SCARFACE and it’s coming up quick on July 5th!

There’s no shortage of iconic films from director Brian De Palma. But 1983’s SCARFACE is its own kind cocaine-dusted brilliance, which is part of what has made it the single most influential film on hip-hop culture. Some 30 years on, this story of the vicious side of the American dream reverberates heavily throughout popular culture — so much so that it’s nearly impossible to even say this movie’s name without conjuring that singular image of Tony Montana brandishing his “little friend.”

That makes it easy to forget there is real movie here that lives up to the hype. Oliver Stone is in top form as screenwriter and director Brian De Palma paints a bloody portrait like no other. Al Pacino is absolutely magnetic as the Cuban exile who quickly moves up the ranks of a drug cartel, displacing its leader while also seducing his woman (an excellent Michelle Pfeiffer). The wealth and power come with costs, and soon Tony finds those he cared for most to be lost to him. Things just get nastier as he tries to stay at the top — and every frame of it is downright electrifying.

After the screening, join us for more music, dancing and drinking at the House of Wax!

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A new film series comes to Alamo Drafthouse, presented in conjunction with us, The Rub! Having taken the party around the world, moved umpteen records, CDs, and mixes, and released hundreds of episodes of Rub Radio, we are building on our legendary mix series – The History of Hip-Hop – by curating some great hip hop films. We’ll be showing our next film on Thursday, June 7.

Released 25 years ago in May of 1993, Menace II Society was the directorial debut of the Hughes Brothers (twins Allen & Albert – directors of cult classic Dead Presidents). Set in it Watts, CA, Menace tells the story of Caine (Tyrin Turner) and O-Dog’s (Larenz Tate) struggles against the racism, drugs, and violence that gripped the LA area at the time. The film stars a pre-Fresh Prince Jada PInkett and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as an amazing roster of West Coast rappers, including MC Eiht, Too $hort, and Saafir.

After the screening, join us for more music, dancing and drinking at the House of Wax!

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A new film series comes to Alamo Drafthouse, presented in conjunction with us, The Rub! Having taken the party around the world, moved umpteen records, CDs, and mixes, and released hundreds of episodes of Rub Radio, we are building on our legendary mix series – The History of Hip-Hop – by curating some great hip hop films. We kick it all off on Thursday, May 10.

The first in the series is the directorial debut – and only feature length film – by legendary music video Hype Williams (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Drake, Missy, Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, 2pac). Released 20 years ago, BELLY features a who’s who of the hip hop world circa 1998, including DMX, Nas, Method Man, and T-Boz in starring roles and cameos by Sean Paul, Mr. Vegas, Ghostface Killah, and AZ. As highly stylized as one of Hype Williams’ music videos, this is a hip-hop movie classic!

After the screening, join us for more music, dancing and drinking at the House of Wax!

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TBT this week to our History of Hip-Hop mix showcasing the heat rocks that dropped in 2008. Hard to believe some of these records are a decade old already but here we are. So many of these styles of indie and commercial rap were starting to blend in 2008 and you can start to understand how open the genre and platforms are in 2018. Check out these classic sounds from Rick Ross, Outkast, Jay-Z, Dilla, Weezy, Yeezy, Jeezy, The Cool Kids and so many others.

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For the second in our “Hip-Hop History: The Producers” mix series we present Organized Noize. Best known for producing almost all the beats on the first Outkast and Goodie Mob records, the trio of Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown also crafted huge commercial hits for TLC, En Vogue, and Ludacris. Their catalog of underground classics for the entire Dungeon Family runs deep. We give you all of that, plus lesser-known songs by Joi, Brandy, Mista. This mix could have easily been twice as long!

Special extended edition with a couple of bonus tracks below:

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TBT today to our History of Hip-Hop Mix from 1997, arguably the best year of hip-hop ever. Some of the best ever laid down some bonafied classics in this 12 month period 20 years ago and they are peppered all over in this mix. Biggie flexed with the release of “Life After Death” right after he was lost to a senseless murder. Wu Tang returned with their second full length as fans were completely obsessed. Gang Starr dropped another classic LP. Master P solidified a full blown No Limit movement with the release of “Ghetto D”. Mase, MF Doom, The Beatnuts, Redman and more solidified their place in the scene with top shelf tunes as well. Check the mix in full below by stream or download.

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We’re launching a new series of Hip-Hop History mixes, highlighting producers. We’re starting with Mike Will Made It, a multiplatinum beatmaker who has crafted hit records over the last 6 years for Future, Ciara, Rae Sremmurd, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Drake, Rihanna, Beyonce – pretty much all the major hip-hop and R&B artists on the radio in this decade. Mike Will has an impressive range of records in his discography, and he’s known for his signature deep 808s bubbling at a slow tempo.

Whose catalog should we dig into for the the next Hip-Hop History: The Producers mix? Let us know at Facebook.com/itstherub and Twitter.com/itstherub.

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Tracklist:

Future – Turn On The Lights
Young Thug – Pacifier
Ace Hood – Bugatti (ft. Rick Ross & Future)
Rick Ross – Tupac Back (ft. Meek Mill)
Kendrick Lamar – DNA
Yo Gotti – Rake It Up (ft. Nicki Minaj)
Mike Will Made it – Bars of Soap (ft. Swae Lee)
Rae Sremmurd – No Flex Zone
Rae Sremmurd – No Type
Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane)
2 Chainz – No Lie (ft. Drake)
Rihanna – Pour It Up
Beyonce – Formation
Lil Wayne – Love Me (ft. Future & Drake)
Gucci Mane – Richest Nigga In The Room
YB – Lambo
Kanye West – Mercy (ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
Kendrick Lamar – Humble
Schoolboy Q – My Hatin Joint
Ciara – Body Party Remix (ft. Future & B.o.B.)