An upbeat, lets-put-on-a-show musical about the wonders of hip-hop music and culture that tells the story of Kenny, a young hip-hop artist living in the rough slums of the Bronx with his younger brother Lee and their mother Cora. Kenny dreams of making it big as a disc jockey and playing in the most swank of Manhattan nightclubs, the Roxy. Into their lives comes Tracy, a composer and assistant choreographer from the City College of New York, who inspires him to try to continue his dream while romance begins to grow between them, despite coming from different neighborhoods and worlds. Meanwhile, Lee is part of a break-dancing crew set on dominating the scene of their street. The rest of their friends include Ramon, a graffiti artist determined to spread his painting to every subway car in the city while dealing with his girlfriend Carmen and Chollie, a fellow disc jockey who becomes Kenny's manager after he lands him a gig at a Bronx club. Many hip-hop groups, electro artists, break ... Written by
Get down, brother, shuffle those feet, shake a little boogie to the sound of that beat.
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Did You Know?
This project was sponsored by Puma. The original soundtrack LPs have the Puma logo printed on them, reading, "Puma as seen in 'Beat Street.'" See more
When Lee first starts dancing at the Roxy battle, he has a knee pad on his left knee. As he starts his backspin, it disappears. See more
[quoting his father
"When are you going to stop writing on the walls and make some money, when are you going to stop tagging the subway cars, when are you going to make your son legitimate... legitimate shit."
References Style Wars
"Play that Beat"
Performed by G.L.O.B.E.
and Whiz Kid
Courtesy of Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
© 1983 Tommy Boy Music Inc. See more