In an homage to the 50th anniversary of hip hop, two noteworthy documentaries have emerged, showcasing the genre's rich journey and growth. 'May The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story' and 'The Choice Is Yours,' provide an intimate look into the trajectories of the groups Little Brother and Black Sheep, respectively.
'May The Lord Watch': A Tale of Brotherhood and Reconciliation
The first documentary, 'May The Lord Watch,' chronicles the story of rapper Big Pooh and MC Phonte Coleman from Little Brother. The film delves into the reasons for the group's split, the challenges they faced in the music industry, and their personal evolution. Released on YouTube, the documentary resonates with a wider audience beyond hip hop enthusiasts, exploring universal themes of brotherhood and reconciliation. The film's release also aligns with Little Brother's 20th anniversary, adding another layer of significance to the narrative.
'The Choice Is Yours': Navigating Life After the Group
The second documentary, 'The Choice Is Yours,' follows Black Sheep's MC Dres in his journey post the group's dissolution. Embarking on a project using the catalogue of the late producer J Dilla, Dres's story is one of personal growth, legal hurdles, and the perseverance of his artistry. The documentary, available on Paramount Plus, has been well received, even though viewership figures remain undisclosed.
More Than Just Entertainment
Released strategically during hip hop's milestone year, these documentaries offer more than mere entertainment. They provide a reflective insight into the lives and legacies of the artists, while celebrating the influence hip hop continues to exert on culture and the arts. The decision of Little Brother to self-fund and release their documentary on YouTube, reflects their independent approach to music distribution, further reinforcing the narrative of resilience and autonomy pervasive in hip hop.