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5 Sides of a Coin (2003)

"5 Sides of a Coin" is a comprehensive overview of the worldwide cultural movement of Hip-Hop.


Paul Kell


Paul Kell




Credited cast:
A-Trak ... Self
Afrika Bambaataa ... Self
The Beat Junkies The Beat Junkies ... Themselves
The Beatnuts The Beatnuts ... Themselves
Bom5 Bom5 ... Self
Common ... Self
The Crash Crew The Crash Crew ... Themselves
Craze Craze ... Self
Jeru The Damaja Jeru The Damaja ... Self (as Jeru Tha Damaja)
Dan The Automator ... Self (as Dan Nakamura)
Pee Wee Dance Pee Wee Dance ... Self
Dash167 Dash167 ... Self
De La Soul ... Themselves
Delta Delta ... Self
Dilated Peoples Dilated Peoples ... Themselves


"5 Sides of a Coin" takes its viewers on a unique voyage that shows where hip-hop originated and where it has since spread in its 30+ years of existence. Unlike other hip-hop documentaries, "5 Sides" chooses to focus on each of the 5 basic elements of hip-hop in order to outline its history and its diaspora. Emcee'ing, DeeJay'ing, Breakin,' Graffiti Writing and Beatboxing are all given their own spotlight and within each section, "5 Sides" allows the pioneers, the new school, critics and experts from around the world to define each element in their own words. In an attempt to up the ante, "5 Sides" also takes on the controversies, the many misconceptions and the setbacks surrounding hip-hop today, by comparing and contrasting the various opinions of those within the culture, as well as those on the outside looking in. Written by Press Kit

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Think Hip-Hop is Rap Music? Think Again.


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15 July 2005 | by quandoquandoquandoSee all my reviews

This is one of the very best docs on hip-hop to have been released in many years. It moves very fast, has great images and covers a lot of ground.

What I love about it is that it brings together so many aspects of hip-hop. I can't think of another documentary that creates such a clear picture about what hip-hop really is.

What is also very impressive is that it was made for so little money! I've seen almost every documentary on hip-hop that you can buy and even though this one was made for a fraction of what others were made for, this one looks as good or better. I'd really like to see the Australian version of the DVD since it has a bunch of extras that the US version doesn't. Does anybody in the US or UK know where to buy the Australian version??

FULL PROPS! I'm looking forward to the filmmakers next project.

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English | French | Japanese

Release Date:

7 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »


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CAD30,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

The Anomaly Collective See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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