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Style Wars (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Music  -  1983 (USA)
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A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and and breakdancing.

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Demon ...
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Kase 2 ...
Himself (as Kase)
Eric Haze ...
Himself (as SE 3)
Spank ...
Himself
Trap ...
Himself
Kay Slay ...
Himself (as Dez)
Butch
Skeme ...
Himself
Zone ...
Himself
Min One ...
Himself (as Min)
Cap ...
Himself
Michael Martin ...
Himself (as Iz the Wiz)
Quik ...
Himself
Mare ...
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Li'l Seen ...
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A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and and breakdancing.

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Brad Pitt, James Franco, and Flea have made donations to help the film get restored. See more »

Quotes

Cap: Dust started pulling some shit with me, and I'm telling you, he's lucky we didn't catch him by that wall, because if he would of been, -even if you were shooting the movie, it would of just been boom boom boom and that's the way it woulda went.
Cap: that was a beautiful wall, I really liked that, people like that, they deserve getting everything they got crossed out, forevea."
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References The Beastmaster (1982) See more »

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Jam Hot
Performed by Johnny Dynell
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One of the more important films of the last 25 years
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has even a passing interest in Hip-Hop or its history owe it to themselves to see this film. It's an often times brilliant documentary about on of the most important art movements in the last century. Henry Chalfant is a true visionary who saw art where others saw only crime. His dedication and professionalism helped to bring street culture to a grand scale. If the train writers took graffiti All-City, Chalfant took it All-World.

Another reason to see this movie is to get an unfiltered look at the early foundations of Hip-Hop. Regardless of what the current marketing machine would have you believe Hip-Hop was a multi-cultural phenomenon. That means whites, Puerto Ricans, blacks, Mexicans and everything in between. It could only happen in New York.

The DVD is also a must have, as it contains many interviews with the writers and where they are (were) in the year 2002. Just imagine seeing someone that looks like your dad do an ill 8 foot piece.


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