As of this weekend, 'Straight Outta Compton' has officially debuted in theaters nationwide. The story of N.W.A executive produced by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre and told through the eyes of the rappers themselves has already garnered positive reviews from cinematic and hip-hop tastemakers. Even Oprah is feelin' it.

On the same day a new generation of hip-hop fans gets introduced to N.W.A, Southern rap mainstay Master P has announced he is directing a biopic of his own. His own to be exact. Master P released the first trailer for Ice Cream Man: King of the South online and announced the full picture will be in theaters in Spring of 2016. Seems like the hip-hop biopic lane is starting to get crowded.

In light of some of rap's biggest names hitting the big screen, here's the rundown on some of the stories that have been cemented in cinema. Feel free to brush up your hip-hop history this weekend.


Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

Released: On Lifetime, 2014

Based off: The life and career of Aaliyah


CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story

Released: On VH1, 2013

Based off: The rise of TLC


Dirty: Platinum Edition

Released: At the Nuho Film Festival, 2013

Based off: The life and career of Ol' Dirty Bastard



Released: In theaters nationwide, 2009

Based off: The life and career of The Notorious B.I.G


Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Released: In theaters nationwide, 2005

Based off: The life and career of 50 Cent


8 Mile

Released: In theaters nationwide, 2002

Based off: The life and career of Eminem


Too Legit to Quit: The MC Hammer Story

Released: On VH1, 2001

Based off: The life and career of M.C. Hammer