A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.
In the summer of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan emerged from the slums of Staten Island and took the hip-hop world by storm. Their legacy spanned over a decade, garnering fans worldwide and ... See full summary »
Went to see the European premier of Joey Garfield's 'Breathe Control' at the Edinburgh Film Festival - was totally blown away, as was everyone in the audience judging by the rapturous applause at the end of the film.
The film is about a little discussed topic - the unnofficial 'fifth element' of Hip-Hop, beatboxing. Filmed completely out of Garfields pocket and on his own camcorder, this is documentary filmmaking done for the pure passion the producer has for his subject matter (being an ex-beatboxer himself). It featured the history and future of beatboxing, the science of it, as well as lots of classic beatboxers and up-n-comings. The original's Doug-E-Fresh, Buff (from the Fat Boys), Biz Markey (my personal fave) and others, through to the new school - Rahzel, Scratch and others. He had also made a little bit on the international appeal of Beatboxing with international beatboxers such as Edinburgh's own MR6.
Garfield was there to answer questions at the end of the film, and he turned out to be a very honest, funny and normal geezer - none of the pretentious bull***t that normally goes along with filmmakers. Asked whether he beatboxes, he gave us an impromptu lick which he dug out from his past as a beatboxer, which met with much applause.
I'd recommend this film to anyone - even if your not into hip-hop or even into music, you can't help but get caught up with the vibe of the film. As one guy in the Q&A said - "i hadn't heard of beatboxing before sitting in this cinema and now I wanna go try it". I guarantee you will come out after seeing it trying to bust ill grooves from the back of your throat.
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