Risen: The Story of Chron "Hell Razah" Smith gives an uncompromising look into the world of rehabilitation and redemption through the eyes of a Wu Tang Clan affiliate rapper who suffered a near fatal brain aneurysm.
Wu Tang Clan affiliate Hell Razah has always been a heralded MC, known for his sharp lyrics and intricate flow. A founding member of the group Sunz Of Man -- who tackled the Billboard Top 20 with their 1998 remake of "Shining Star" alongside Earth Wind & Fire, Wyclef and Ol' Dirty Bastard -- Razah was discovered and mentored at 14 years old by Wu Tang leader RZA and groomed for success. Later dubbed "Heaven Razah" when he went solo in the mid-2000s, the rising, young MC made headlines when he as struck with a brain aneurysm in 2010. As a result of this tragedy, Hell Razah has spent the last 5 years slowly recovering from this near-fatal incident, which left him in a coma and unable to use his left side. As Razah has been struggling to learn how to walk, talk and rhyme again, filmmaker Frank Meyer has been documenting his journey every step of the way. The Director and Hell Razah go way back, as Meyer was Sunz of Man's publicist back in 1997, and he filmed Razah for his G4tv web series...
Smith's story is absolutely fascinating and I loved learning about how he never stopped, even when things got bad. A message we can all use right now. Even if you're not a fan of hip hop, this is an inspirational life story worth watching.
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