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Wild Style (1983)

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Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between ... See full summary »

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Raymond 'Zoro'
Lady Pink ...
Rose 'Lady Bug' (as Sandra 'Pink' Fabara)
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'Phade' (as Frederick Braithwaite)
Patti Astor ...
Virginia
Andrew Witten ...
Z-Roc (as Zephyr)
Busy Bee ...
Chief Rocker
Carlos Morales ...
Hector
Alfredo Valez ...
Chico
Niva Kislac ...
Niva
Glenn O'Brien ...
Museum Curator
Johnny 'Crash' Matos ...
Union Crew
Daze ...
Union Crew (as Chris 'Daze' Ellis)
Fred 'Caz' Glover ...
Union Crew
Edwin 'Obe' Ortez ...
Union Crew
Lisa Lee ...
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Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between Zoro's passion for his art and his personal life, particularly his strained relationship with fellow artist Rose. But this isn't why one watches Wild Style--this movie is *the* classic hip-hop flick, full of great subway shots, breakdancing, freestyle MCing and rare footage of one of the godfathers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, pulling off an awesome scratch-mix set on a pair of ancient turntables. A must-see for anyone interested in hip-hop music and culture. Written by Leon

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Dondi was the second choice for the role of Zoro. See more »

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South Bronx Subway Rap
Composed by Fab 5 Freddy and Chris Stein
Performed by Grandmaster Caz
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The rites-of-passage of hip hop turning from a boy to a man
18 April 2004 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

The likes of a film such as Wild Style will never, unfortunately, be made again. Mainly because this was the culture of hip hop in a form of infancy, still naive to the ways of Hollywood and the music industry.

I first saw this when I was 16 years old - although it had been released 5 years prior, though not to my knowledge in the UK - and it has remained stamped in my memory ever since. Who cares if the actors weren't actors or if the camerawork was slightly dodgy in places ("look at the cinematography on the motherf****r!" - Chris Rock). It was a snapshot of a time and a place and that counts for than a thousand over-processed, overdone Hollywood versions of hip hop (Beat Street? C'mon!!)

In it's most basic essence, the director Charlie Ahearn just let the 'actors' improvise their lines with a few plotlines to guide them. These were real people. PHADE is actually FAB 5 FREDDY who DID promote shows and WAS actually an ex-graffiti writer. ZORO WAS a top writer and is played by graffiti legend LEE QUINONES. The 2 rap crews, COLD CRUSH and FANTASTIC 5 were vicious rivals in real life (although to my knowledge never actually participated in any basketball throwdowns ;)

I fully recommend this to any hip hop fan and try to steer New-Schoolers to it too.

Buy the Region 1 dvd version for the great FAB 5 FREDDY/CHARLIE AHEARN commentary track.


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