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30 July 2009

Style Wars

directed by Tony Silver

From the opening sequence, when those NYC subway cars emerge from the darkness to a flourishing operatic score, I was hooked, and so will you be after watching Tony Silver’s master doc about graffiti writers and hip hoppers in New York during the early 1980’s. Infamous writers like Seen, Skeme and Iz the Wiz share their love of the rogue art form, while such dance icons as Crazy Legs and Frosty Freeze emerge as genius originators of one of the most popular dance forms in history, the break. Fighting city hall, the 5.0, and even a renegade bomber who writes Cap, these artists struggle to make names for themselves as hip hop culture as a whole emerges to make a name for itself. Originally airing on PBS (and you thought PBS was just for squares and the elderly), this electrifying doc about what it means to be Def has all the elements necessary to make it a classic. KRS-1 said “If you want to know what hip hop is really all about, see a film called Style Wars.” Word.

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