Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling, to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performer’s insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.
When director Tony Silver and co-producer Henry Chalfant delivered the broadcast version of their prize-winning film to PBS in 1983, the world received its first full immersion in the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape was physically transformed by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express both their individuality, and the voice of their community. In STYLE WARS, New York’s ramshackle subway system is their public playground, battleground, and spectacular artistic canvas. As MC’s, DJ’s and B-boys rock the city with new sounds and new moves, we see street corner breakdance battles turn into performance art.
This, along with Wildstyle, may be the greatest hip-hop themed film (taken together both movies and docs). Pure classic! This one is a reissue DVD with previously unseen outtakes, interviews and other footages.
Scratch explores the world of the hip-hop DJ. From the birth of hip-hop, when pioneering DJs began extending breaks on their party records (which helped inspire breakdancing and rap), to the invention of scratching and “beat-juggling” vinyl, to its recent explosion as a musical movement called “turntablism”.
Here are some of the world best DJs, those famous for solo scratching, competing in international DJ battles, playing for rap artists, or just rocking parties with the most insane records ever dug up.
Not the best documentary if you ask me, because it’s unauthorized. Still might be relevant for some Run-DMC heads…
Innovators & originators, Run DMC’s influence on the music of the new millenium goes every bit as deep of Elvis or the Beatles. The successes of Run DMC resounded through rap, rock, R&B, and eventually international pop of every kind. They changed an industry by speaking directly to the youth. Along the way, Run was ordained a minister, DMC transformed his life, and Jay launched his own record label.
A movie whose influence cannot be under-estimated and hailed as the most inspirational hip-hop of movie of all time, Wild Style captures the birth of an underground hip-hop scene about to explode around the world changing the face of music, fashion, art and a way of life forever. Following street artist Zorro (played by legendary subway artist Lee Quinones) and his crew as they journey through the streets, projects and train yards of New York, keeping one step ahead of the cops and their rivals, the film climaxes in one of the most famous hip-hop concerts in history. Featuring the pioneers at the forefront of a cultural revolution including DJs, rappers and breakers such as Grand Master Flash, The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Fab Five Freddy, The Rock Steady Crew, and The Cold Crush Bros., Wild Style is the greatest hip-hop movie of all time.