In recent years, hip hop has diversified itself artistically. When the culture first boomed, it was a medley of rapping, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, but over the times things have changed drastically. The art of DJing is no longer essential for creating the beats a rapper needs to kick his flow. Breakdancing isn't conducive over the tempos many rappers are currently employing. Graffiti has grown so big that it's a culture of its own. 

As rap and hip hop became more synonymous, the other elements of the culture didn't die, they just became their own thing. In their absence, rappers have begun to push the boundaries of food, fashion, liquor, and film. Today, we're going to focus on the latter of those off-shoots. 

The hip hop short movie has become a popular way to accompany the music, which is fitting because rap music has always stayed relatively literal, in many cases like it's broadcasting the happenings of the artist's surroundings. Over the years, it's become increasingly easier to make high-quality films, so music videos can be longer and more epic without a big budget. This is what has led artists like Kanye West, YG, Kendrick Lamar, and many more to use the short film to assist in the broadcast of their message. Today we look at eight short films you just have to watch.