Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme Theatrical Feature on iTunes 7/2
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FEATURING MOS DEF, THE ROOTS, AND NOTORIOUS BIG, THIS AWARD-WINNING, CLASSIC HIP-HOP DOCUMENTARY HAS NEVER BEFORE BEEN RELEASED DIGITALLY!
New York City - Years in the making, the world of improvisational rap, is explosively explored in this authentic look into some of the most amazing MCs ever to bless the mic!
Freestyle is a critically acclaimed film that is the first of its kind in many respects. It is the first independent film to explore the social and cultural background that led to the current development of the street poet, or MC. Freestyle provides a unique look inside look into the framework of hip-hop culture, its rules, taboos and social impact, and recognizes it's ever-increasing influence in modern American and world culture.
Although official production was completed in 2005, Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme is having its digital release this June. The film stands as an ever-evolving testament to the power of the word to create change. Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme provides a breath a fresh air and an experimental vision by educating about the past, informing the future, and creating a better today.
Documenting the story of a group of underground hip-hop MCs & DJs from the early 1980's to the present day, Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme is a film that explores the world of improvisational rap-the rarely recorded art form of rhyming spontaneously; off the top of one's head. Made over the course of more than seven years, by a co-operative of filmmakers, b-boys, DJs, and MCs known as The Center for Hip Hop Health & Education, Freestyle takes the viewer on a journey through the previously unexamined dimensions of hip-hop as a spiritual and community based art form.
Praise for Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
"A Great Work of Art!" -- Chuck D of Public Enemy
"It's a wonderful film!" -- Ben Harper
"People Really Love This Film!" -- Macy Gray
Featuring Mos Def, The Roots, and Notorious BIG, Freestyle was distributed theatrically in North America and the UK by Palm Pictures/Universal and in Canada by Sony/BMG. It aired on MTV Networks VH-1 in the US; was theatrically released in Japan and New Zealand with C-4, and was distributed in France via Agnes B, and aired on B-Sky B in the UK & SBS in Australia. It is the recipient of the HBO Best Documentary Award from the Urban World Film Festival; Best Documentary & Audience Award from the Pan African Film Festival; and Best Sound Track Award from the Los Angeles Film Festival.
A.O. Scott of The New York Times hailed the film as "A Joyful and Ferocious celebration of the verbal artistry of hip hop. . . a rousing education in an art form that is too often misunderstood." Amy Taubin of The Village Voice said: "The energy is contagious, the poetry inspired, the most lively and informative movie about hip-hop since Wild Style".
Variety called it: "Inspiring, mesmerizing, and creative revolutionary street poetry, eloquent social knowledge, the best of rap!"
About the Director
A student of Therapeutic Filmmaking & Holistic Hip Hop, Kevin Fitzgerald is a critically- acclaimed and award-winning director. Having grown up in New York during the birth of hip hop, he has been a DJ (Organic) since the age of 14 and is co-founder with Ammon Contact (Ninja Tune) of the popular Los Angeles radio show, "All @ One Point," on KPFK 90.7 FM.
He is also the co-founder of The Center for Hip Hop Health & Education, and Hip Hop Films and has performed and shared the stage with various artists over the years including Mos Def, The Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Shadow, Jurassic-5, Cut Chemist, Young MC, Macy Gray, and The Black Eyed Peas and Ben Harper.
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* John Cue Publik - Press Save
* Brzowski - Whorebar
* The ILLusionists - Finally (feat. Jori Teran)
* Atrak - Piss Test Remix (feat. Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P & Flosstradamus)
* POS - Get Down (feat. Mike Mictlan)
* Brzowski - Friendly Fire Redux (feat. Seez Mics of Educated Consumers & Ceschi)
* Cars & Trains - Stay Awake (feat. Open Mike Eagle)
* Sab and Ganzo - Jammin with My Friends
* The Hood Internet - We're Backwoods Famous (feat. El-P)
* Easy Star All Stars - Billie Jean (Mister Vibes Remix)
* Esh The Monolith - Hip-Hop Ruined My Life (HALO Remix)
* Solroc - Funky Izms (feat. Kev Brown & Mr. Lif)
* Gregory Pepper & Madadam - House On Wheels (feat. Noah23)
* Psyche Origami - Unreleased
* Homeboy Sandman - Cedar and Sedgwick
* Gitana La Bamba & Chelsea (of Drala) - Pink Moons
* John Cue Publik - Par 3
* Mega Ran - On My Level (feat. Brzowski)
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #225 is entitled Artist Appreciation Day. I wanted to celebrate the artist who keep it positive and live the "love is love" motto - and show some new artists love too! Enjoy tunes by Mega Ran, Wordsmith, Dante Savage and Yalee among others. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!
* Mega Ran f/ MC Pennywise and RoQy TyRaiD - TRAP (The King's Theme) Remix
* Neak - The Kids
* Wordsmith - 1 Hour Til I Sign
* Dante Savage - Acquiesce
* Harn Solo - The Future
* Yalee - Pretty Girl Dance
* Jimme Wallstreet x Big Ooh f/ Beanie Sigel x Mike Knox - "The Basement"
* Substantial - See Hear (Instrumental)