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Sample This (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 September 2013 (USA)
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A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.

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Dan Forrer

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Dan Forrer

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Cast

Credited cast:
Gene Simmons ... Narrator
Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ... Himself
Roosevelt Grier ... Himself
Grandmaster Caz Grandmaster Caz ... Himself
Freda Payne ... Herself
Jerry Butler ... Himself
King Errisson King Errisson ... Himself
Melle Mel ... Himself
Perry Botkin Jr. Perry Botkin Jr. ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renee Armand Renee Armand
Afrika Bambaataa
Mike Curb Mike Curb
Mike Deasy Mike Deasy
Karen Fawcett Karen Fawcett
Ed Greene Ed Greene
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A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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Color (High Definition)

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1.78 : 1
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Both pop-culture and hip-hop fans will love this film
7 September 2013 | by Rachel MarsdenSee all my reviews

I saw the premiere of this documentary film at the British Film Institute in London in June, followed by a Q&A with the director, Dan Forrer, who elicited gasps from the audience when he mentioned in passing that he spent 4 years researching and creating this film -- a level of dedication that's plainly evident throughout. I can honestly say that this is the most fascinating, surprising and compelling documentary that I have ever seen. Who would have guessed that the iconic piece of music (Apache) that represents the birth of hip-hop culture and rap, and the musicians who make it all happen, would be tied to so many key historical events from the assassination of Robert Kennedy to the Charles Manson murders? As a political analyst and pop culture junkie, this film treated me to a unique perspective on some of the history that shaped the American landscape, with the added bonus of learning about the birth and evolution of hip-hop along the way. If you're a celebrity watcher, this film has some great little gems that have never before come to light. And if you're a die-hard hip-hop fan, you'll love this for the interviews and insight from some of the biggest names in the business. It's about 1.5 hours and doesn't drag at all. Great editing and the stellar soundtrack that you'd expect from a film about Apache.


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