A Way of Life – A Global Hip-Hop Film
KRS One/Jeru The Damaja/Marcelo D2/Emicida/Skinnuman/Rodney P/Big Narstie/Steffe La Cheffe/Reggie Rockstone/Brainpower/M.anifest/Homeboy Sandman/Delix De Luca/Tommy Tee/Hilltop Hoods/Maikal X (Shy Rock)/Tuy Sobil aka KK/Joe Flizzow/The Narcicyst/Omar Offendum/
VNM/M1 (Dead Prez)/ONYX/Ladi 6/Black Milk/C‑Real/Reverie/Don Martin/
Music by Diger Rockwell | Music Composed by Pink Lizard | Narrated by Norman L Robinson
“Once upon a rhyme there was hip-hop…”
Opening with a powerful message from KRS at a show, A Way of Life — A Global Hip-Hop Film is a documentary that explores just how much Hip-Hop has affected so many lives, cultures, politics, & so much more from around the Globe. It is safe to say that whenever Hip-Hop entered your spectrum of music it has made some sort of impact. Whether if that impact was a good or bad thing, you cannot deny the power and influence Hip-Hop has. Proof? In current society Hip-Hop is now officially the most popular genre of music in Pop Culture. Need I say more?
A Way of Life – A Global Hip-Hop Film starts with a light recap of the roots of it all and I mean it all. Tracing back to cavemen, then to when our ancestors invented the drum. Briefly explaining how the drum has influenced our roots, and by dancing to the beat of the drum has enabled us to be where we are today. This includes the invention of Hip-Hop through the Jamaican Soundsystem’s. But as Norman L Robinson explains, “this is not a documentary on where it came from”. It is a documentary that explores the Global impact Hip-Hop has and how deeply it courses through the world. It starts by exploring how Hip-Hop has spread far and wide by touring. Without touring we would never have been introduced to Deejay’s, Emcees, Beatboxers, B‑Boys, B‑Girls, & Graffiti. Introducing a brand new but somehow familiar sound. Elaborating a little more on what I mean by “familiar”, Hip-Hop was made from cutting and scratching breaks on other artists records. It wasn’t until the introduction of the drum machine the game known as Hip-Hop was revolutionised to what we hear today.
What I really enjoyed about this documentary is, how they combine both old and new video footage, images and utilise the use of Typography so the message gets delivered. Strong narration which helps guide you through the amount of history packed into it. For instance, how Covent Garden was essential for the growth of Hip-Hop in the UK through breakdancing. This is something I am ashamed to say I didn’t know however this is one of the many points of the documentary. It is here to explore and educate on the Global Culture and influence of Hip-Hop. They truly delivered a fantastic and innovative look into how Hip-Hop plays a powerful part in society. Whether it is the use of Graffiti to deliver political statements in places like Greece, or ex-gangbanger Tuy ‘KK’ Sobil who now teaches young kids how to breakdance in Cambodia. Including how we in the UK carved out our corner in Hip-Hop Culture and creating our own sound/styles within the genre.
This documentary stands out to me as it a more grassroots production, that steers away from what we are usually used too. It dives as deep as it can within the running time, and I personally would have loved this to be a docuseries so they could explore/dive-in even more. Either way it is a great watch that will introduce you the viewer to artists influenced by the Culture from places like, Africa, India, Brazil, Cambodia, Japan, Norway, Australia and more. It really expands and cements why we [I mean “we” as in 30+] keep banging on why Hip-Hop culture is so important and impactful. Hip-Hop changes lives, it gives the voiceless a platform, a mic, decks, spray can, or some cardboard and Adidas [that is that age showing again] to express themselves. Finally, what took me a little off guard is just how deep in the crevasses in the world Hip-Hop culture has touched…and you know what…I love it!
Go watch it now I highly doubt you will be disappointed.
And All That Good Stuff.
Jay “JuJu Man” St Paul
Founder & CEO of Hi…Creativity LTD
Jay St Paul
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