Docs That Rock

Urbanworld Music Doc Slate

The 12th annual Urbanworld Film Festival is underway in NYC through September 14, sponsored by programmers like HBO and BET. There are tons of promising flicks and like all good film festivals hailed on this blog, there are a bunch of music related docs on the program. The highlights:

  • Big Snoop Dogg’s Youth Authority
    A doc featuring a music star, this film examines how Snoop teaches at-risk kids to avoid Cali’s notorious “Youth Authority.” It recounts heavily Snoop’s own life story. Clip below.
  • Number One With a Bullet
    The interwoven tale of many of today’s biggest rap stars who have all been shot by guns and survived near-death experiences. Features Young Buck, Ice Cube, Mos Def, KRS-One, Obie Trice, Prodigy, Damon Dash, Fat Joe, and more.
  • Two Turntables and a Microphone
    I wrote about this when it originally premiered in L.A., but this is the New York debut. It has also shown at festivals in Toronto and Seattle.
  • Wu: The Story Of The Wu-Tang Clan
    A doc on Staten Island’s finest, mixed and directed by the group‘s childhood friend and former video director, Gerald “Gee- Bee” Barclay.
  • This is the Life
    The film explores the rap scene at the Good Life, a health food store in South Central. The emcees there in the ’90s revolutionized the genre with their rhyming patterns, melodies and lyrical styles, all of which have been influenced many big rap stars like Ice Cube, Mos Def and Black Eyed Peas. Artists featured include Cut Chemist & Chali2na of Jurassic 5, Freestyle Fellowship, CVE, Medusa, and more.
  • Slingshot Hip Hop
    Young Palestinian rappers living in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank where hip hop is more than just music.
  • The Other Side of the Water
    Young immigrants in Brooklyn who reinvent Haitian music.

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    September 11, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. i saw *this is the life* in seattle, it was really special. i’m not even that into hip hop. the trailer is on youtube, i put the link here, gives you a little taste, its not really a trailer though, i think this is like the first two minutes whatever you call that:

    i hope it comes out on dvd soon, or even better gets on cable or something.

    Comment by SweetSis | September 12, 2008 | Reply

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