MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 75,825 this week

Just to Get a Rep (2004)

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 40 users  
Reviews: 2 user

More than thirty years ago, the youth of New York's neglected neighborhoods started a revolution by spray-painting their names on subway trains. The energy and freedom of this expression ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 58 titles
created 06 Aug 2011
 
a list of 272 titles
created 22 Aug 2011
 
a list of 2242 titles
created 13 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Just to Get a Rep (2004)

Just to Get a Rep (2004) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Just to Get a Rep.
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Mode 2 ...
Himself
Charlie Ahearn ...
Himself
Airone ...
Himself
Apes ...
Himself
Awol One ...
Himself
Az ...
Himself
...
Himself
Chaz Bojorquez ...
Himself
Cane ...
Himself
Grandmaster Caz ...
Himself
Henry Chalfant ...
Himself
Cirkus ...
Himself
Comet ...
Himself
Martha Cooper ...
Herself
Danger 59 ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

More than thirty years ago, the youth of New York's neglected neighborhoods started a revolution by spray-painting their names on subway trains. The energy and freedom of this expression has inspired generations of youth throughout the world, yet the established authorities and institutions continually deny its merit. Working against the powers of the media, the police, and the art world, aerosol artists have developed a unique worldwide culture based on respect, camaraderie and a shared struggle to re-claim and re-create their environments. Just to Get a Rep rigorously examines the love-hate relationship between graffiti and hip-hop. Hear the true story of aerosol art as told by New York's pioneers as well as today's innovators from all over the world. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

before hip-hop there was graffitit - the definitive story See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

22 August 2004 (UK)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Wild Style (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Clac Clac Clac
Written by ONESP and DJ Cousin Cole
Performed by ONESP
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's the bomb!
6 March 2006 | by (Columbia, Missouri USA) – See all my reviews

Is it art? Is it crime? Maybe it's both at the same time? Graffiti is a shared cultural experience. Everyone has seen it, many have hated it, and some have been forced to give grudging admiration its more artistic forms. It has existed almost since invention of spray paint, but in the early 1970s something changed in the world of graffiti.

Two 'aerosol artists' in NYC, who went by the handles Comet and Blade, moved from simply writing their names in spray painted lines to creating ever larger, more elaborate and more artistic versions of their chosen 'tags,' until their work soon covered entire sides of subway cars. While not the first to utilize spray paint as art, their boldness and fame (or perhaps infamy) sparked an explosion of graffiti art across the city, the country, and eventually into Europe.

In Just to Get a Rep Peter Gerard traces the history of aerosol art from a small, insular group of early pioneers to the young people making waves in graffiti today, across the country and across the pond. His interviews with now middle-aged taggers are amusing and help explode many of the myths that have built up around the origins of graffiti art; particularly the association between hip-hop culture and graffiti, which is largely a media invention.

In fact, a real strength of this documentary is the way in which it examines the dissemination of a supposedly underground cultural phenomenon via media like film (in this case, movies like Wild Style and Beat Street), so that what kids in Europe were receiving initially was a very Hollywood-ized version of the culture.

Gerard definitely manages to capture the spirit, frenetic energy, and sense of community in the graffiti world. The narrative alone is intriguing, but coupled with the rich visuals in Just to Get a Rep is well worth seeking out.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Another When is the DVD released post rokshok183
Graff Writing and Hip Hop Music coreyj72
Discuss Just to Get a Rep (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page