SummaryDocumentary on the history of freestyle rap, with a mix of performance and commentary from various performers. Using archive footage, the film traces the origins of improvised hip-hop to sources including African-American preachers, Jamaican toasts, improvised jazz, and spoken-word poets such as the Last Poets.
-- History and criticism.
|Publisher|| Pottstown, PA :2013
|Edition||10th anniversary special limited edition.|
Rubin, Henry Alex,
DJ Organic, director, producer.
Raggio, Charles, producer.
Mos Def (Rapper), performer.
Black Thought, 1973- performer.
Hickey, Todd, director of photography.
Devlin, Paul, 1963- editor of moving image work.
Last Poets (Group), performer.
Jurassic 5 (Musical group), performer.
Organic Films, production company.
MVD Visual (Firm), publisher.
Featuring Mos Def, the Last Poets, Questlove, Black Thought, Jurassic 5, and others.
Cinematographer, Todd Hickey ; producing editor, Paul Devlin.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2000.
Bonus material: Freestyles & interviews: Aesop freestyle; Life Long in Tompkins Square Park; Aesop Rock, Slug, & El-P Cypher; Ace the Infinite vs. El-Juda; Prospect Park NYC rhyme session; Ad Lib Aka Thavius Beck; Late night rhyme session w/ Baha & Hashim; Deleted scenes: Otherwise Porch interview; Kirby Dominant; Sir Menelik interview + freestyle; Unity Committee freestyle session 1995; Photo gallery.
DVD; NTSC, region 0; Dolby Digital.
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.