Rappers have been taking different avenues to present their music in more and more creative ways lately, with one of the most popular avenues being through film. However, fans just don’t seem to have the time or patience to sit through a whole feature-length movie, so what’s the solution? Make short films with popular album scores, plenty of celebrity cameos, some cool shoot-out scenes and problem solved! Get ready to have a hip-hop movie night, because here are 5 of our favorite recent short films from some our favorite rappers.


YG – Blame It On The Streets

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YG‘s film Blame It On The Streets serves as a look into YG‘s “krazy” life before the fame, and will take viewers all throughout his “Bompton” hood. Co-writing the script with Lucky Rogers, YG tells The Fader, “The short film is basically the life behind a couple of records off My Krazy Life.” “When you listen to that album it feels like you are watching a movie, so I wrote this film to give people a chance to see what my ‘krazy’ life is all about,” he says.

Migos – Bando

Directed by Rik Cordero, the first song in the first two minutes of the film, you get a background of how the Atlanta-based group was started, although most people already know what the crew was up to before they started getting in the booth to record. BANDO is a trap musical in the spirit of “Streets Is Watching”, in which the young rap trio, Migos compiles a few of their previously released music (“Contraband”, “Birds”, “Migo Dreams” & “Bando”) into a continuous short film.

Chance The Rapper – Mr. Happy

Almost everyone has found themselves depressed at a point or two. Maybe in the midst of the depression you thought about doing something drastic—something life-changing—something that might make you happy. That could be nice, but it’s scary to actually take the leap and do it. Well, what if there was a service that took care of all the hard stuff for you? That’s exactly what happens when Victor, a depressed retail worker played by Chance the Rapper, signs up for a DIY suicide website called MrHappy.com.

Drake – Jungle

Comprised of old, never-before-seen footage – like a young Drizzy singing with his dad and the OVO crew trying to get into a Toronto club before the fame – it also sprinkles in clips of his city, as well as what seems to be some acting on his behalf.

T.I. & Jeezy – G Sh*t

The best part about the music video for T.I. and Jeezy‘s “G Sh*t” single, is that it doubles as a high action gangster movie starring the two Atlanta rappers. The 12-minute film, set in the Prohibition-era 1920s, was directed by ATL director, Chris Robinson, and features T.I. playing the role of “Buddy”, Jeezy as “Slugger” and Wood Harris as “Butter Bean.” The track comes from T.I.’s recently released Paperwork album, and Pharrell Williams is also featured on the film’s score for the opening title.

Pharrell – Reincarnation

With Pharrell Williams and model Cara Delevigne portraying Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth Joseph respectively, Karl Lagerfeld directed the film to accompany the CHANEL Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’art collection shown in Salzburg, Austria. As legend would have it, while holidaying at an Austrian resort in 1954, a young Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel became so enthralled by the jacket worn by a hotel elevator operator, that it went on to inspire one of the most iconic items of women’s clothing of all time.