Wednesday, March 02, 2005

A To The K? A To The Muthafuckin' C: Hip Hop On Film

A To The K

Wild Style...the flick that started it all. This was the first Hip Hop movie ever released (1982), and probably is the most authentic in it's portrayal of the art, and culture of Hip Hop. This movie displayed Hip Hop in all it's beauty and grittiness, and captured the essence of all the elements of Hip Hop (DJ'ing, MC'ing, Breaking, and Grafitti or Tagging). The film is so didn't even have a script. The "actors" in the film actually played themselves, so DJs were real DJ's spinning and cutting wax, M.C.'s were real rappers spitting rhymes, Breakers are real B-Boys dancing, and grafitti artists were actually tagging up walls with their art. The Film features such Pioneers as Grand Master Flash, Grand Wizard Theodore, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers, and The Rock Steady Crew. If You love Hip Hop and don't have this in your collection I suggest getting it.

Beat Street is another classic movie that was released two years after Wild Style. It is a more "Hollywood" portrayal of Hip Hop and a little more watered down. However, it is still a classic, and features some great live performances. The most notable performances are those by Afrika Bambaata And The Soulsonic Force, and The Treacherous Three with their humourous Christmas Rap. The movie also features many other Hip Hop stars of the times, and has some really great music in it, and some excellent break dancing and DJ scenes. Get Beat Street here!

Krush Groove was released a year after Beat Street in 1985. This is a semi-biographical story that is largely based on the beginnings of the legendary Hip Hop record label Def Jam. In fact both founders of Def Jam, Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, have parts in the movie. However, only Rick Rubin played himself. Russell's part was played by a then unknown Blair Underwood, and the actual Russell Simmons had a bit part. The movie features The Fat Boys, Run D.M.C., and Prince protege singer Sheila E. This is a very hollywood type movie as well, but it is still quite entertaining, and has some comic relief provided mostly by The Fat Boys. This movie is worth getting just to see superstar LL Cool J mopping up floors, and busting into Rick's and Russel's dorm room/office to rap for them trying to get on their label. This is another must have.

I have added links to three MP3's from these movies. I was looking for the theme to Krush Groove, but unfortunately could not find it. If I do find it, I'll update the post with the MP3. But for now enjoy these! *edit* I have found an MP3 of the theme to Krush Groove and added it below

Wild Style Theme
Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five - Beat Street (extended version)
Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five - Internationally Known (extended version)
Krush Groovin' - Krush Groove Allstars (Fat Boys, Run D.M.C., Sheila E, Kurtis Blow)