Archive for the 'Documentary' Category
Here’s a clip from the beautifully shot documentary Spit Gold Under An Empire, by director Emily Kai Bock. The film profiles rising New York MCs CJ Fly of Pro Era, Angel Haze and Mykki Blanco and is part of the 6 film New American Noise series that will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this week.
ego trip’s Chairman Mao talks about a little known (to the general public at least) record convention that used to take place in the basement of the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC back in the 90′s. Back then, when it was still legally prudent to create sample based music, many of Hip-Hop’s most influential producers would make the pilgrimage there to spend their Sunday mornings digging through crates of obscure vinyl.
Previously: Looking4Galt (Full Documentary)
“This is what this whole thing is about man, to be #1 in the ghetto”
This is a great snapshot of the early days of the culture. Shot in the early 80′s by photographer and graff historian Henry Chalfant, All City was shelved due to a lack of funding. He recently dusted it off for MOCA’s Art In The Streets exhibit and now we have something awesome to watch on a Friday afternoon. If I’m not mistaken, several clips from this have surfaced elsewhere over the years, and you’ll probably recognize many of the pieces from Chalfant’s two seminal graff books, Subway Art and Spraycan Art.
Director Henry Chalfant introduces his film All City (1983), which grew out of an idea to do a youth TV program about Hip Hop and other cultural phenomena of interest to young urbanites. The program was never realized, but the trailer grew into a portrait of the different elements of Hip Hop in the mid-80s. The venue is Fashion Moda, a popular art gallery on Third Avenue in the Bronx. There is a demonstration of Bboying, and Rap, followed by a discussion, hosted by Spank TC5, about art and culture with important graffiti artists of the time including Dondi, Butch, Mare and Brim. The video includes a montage of murals by Henry Chalfant and a Pop and Lock lesson by Mr. Wiggles. It features the young Bboy crew, VTB, The Very Tough Breakers.
Spotted: Mass Appeal
Check out BET’s new documentary which focuses on Chicago’s rising music scene and the problem with violence in the city. It features chats with artists, such as L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Sasha Go Hard, Katie Got Bandz, King Louie and more, as well as various community leaders.
Part 2 and 3 below.
A mini-doc on Tity Boi shot by DJ Scoob Doo.
Not only is 2 Chainz a hard working artist now while in the limelight, he also established a reputation for always being a hard worker. Everyone behind the scenes, during his earlier not so famous days, never questioned his hustle & effort. If you don’t believe this to be a fact, pay attention to Dj Scoob Doo presenting you this exclusive of 2 Chainz loving his bread more than his bed. Him having to travel more than the average bear to take an opportunity in meeting some familiar people to get some insight on his career. Cameos include Mack Maine, Lil Chuckee, KY Engineering, Big Man, & Marley G. Watch the journey of 2 Chainz from the preparation times during the mixtape circuit to his first ever MTV Awards Performance. What a journey, and its all based on a TRU Story.
In case you were on one last night and missed Spike’s Michael Jackson doc BAD25, here it is in its entirety.