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This Is the Life (2008)

A feature-length documentary that chronicles "The Good Life" emcees, the alternative music movement they developed, and their worldwide influence on the art form.

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In 1989, a collective of young artists gathered at a non-descript health food store in gang-infested South Central Los Angeles. Their mandate? To explore the musical boundaries of hip hop and reject gangster rap. THIS IS THE LIFE chronicles the rise and fall of this "family" of African-American street poets, while examining their obstacles to commercial success. They all took different paths but remain connected by the music they made, the alternative hip hop movement they developed, and their worldwide influence on the art form. Written by Anonymous

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This is by far the best documentary I've ever seen. I was engaged from beginning to end. You can't help but to walk away from it feeling good. It provides an in depth view of the people and the culture of the underground hip hop scene at the Good Life in Los Angeles, California. The film offers an intimate look into the artists that emerged from the Good Life. It depicts a rare moment in time when rap music was raw and real. The documentary definitely leaves you wanting more. And makes you wish you could turn back the clock and experience it all for yourself. Any and every one who loves hip hop should see this film. You'll be glad you did.


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