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Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2000)

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A documentary about freestyling--the improvised, on-the-spot rhymes that demonstrate the skills of hip-hop MCs.

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Kevin Fitzgerald
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Credited cast:
Chali 2na Chali 2na ... Self
Muhammad Ali ... Self (archive footage)
Planet Asia Planet Asia ... Self
Bahamadia Bahamadia ... Self
Yasiin Bey ... Self (as Mos Def)
Akim Funk Buddah Akim Funk Buddah ... Self
Eluard Burt Eluard Burt ... Self
Myo Campbell Myo Campbell ... Self
Cut Chemist Cut Chemist ... Self
John Coltrane ... Self (archive footage)
Crazy Legs Crazy Legs ... Self
Darkleaf Darkleaf ... Self
Kirby Dominant Kirby Dominant ... Self
Eminem ... Self (archive footage)
Freestyle Fellowship Freestyle Fellowship ... Themselves
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From neighborhood ciphers to the most notorious MC battles, "Freestyle: the Art of Rhyme" captures the electrifying energy of improvisational hip-hop--the rarely recorded art form of rhyming spontaneously. Like preachers and jazz solos, freestyles exist only in the moment, a modern-day incarnation of the African-American storytelling tradition. Shot over a period of more than seven years, it is already an underground cult film in the hip-hop world. The film systematically debunks the false image put out by record companies that hip-hop culture is violent or money-obsessed. Instead, it lets real hip-hop artists, known and unknown, weave their story out of a passionate mix of language, politics, and spirituality. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,842, 18 July 2004

Gross USA:

$12,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,600
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Overrated BS
6 December 2006 | by reverendtomSee all my reviews

This documentary had a lot of potential, but I feel that it is pretty weak. Most of the legendary freestyle footage shown in this film has been available for years in hip hop circles, so if you've already seen it (like the biggy street corner free) there really isn't a whole lot of reason to watch this movie. There are a lot of nobodies dropping weak freestyles in this film. If you've ever been in a real cypher you know that half the stuff in this film is garbage. You get some dope freestyles by Supernat and some others, but overall, this film is not the amazing, eye-opening opus that the blurbs on cover would have you believe. I guess if your just getting into hip hop there is some appeal in this movie, but if your a life long dedicated fan and participant, this film has very little to offer.


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