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'Lee' George Quinones,
Fab 5 Freddy
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
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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