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Monday, September 30, 2013

Iconic New York hip-hop film, 'Wild Style,' celebrated on 30th anniversary


Director Charlie Ahearn's tale of a graffiti artist's quest is a snapshot to a former age - and gets its due with a 2013 screening.


Thirty years ago, of course, New York had a whole different energy.
The opportunity to experience that era again is merely one reason "Wild Style," the 1983 hip-hop verite-drama celebrating its 30th anniversary this week at IFC, is a must-see.
"It was a portrait of people I thought were spearheading a whole new movement that was going on," says "Wild Style" director Charlie Ahearn.
"These guys in the Bronx had developed hip-hop into a language. It was like making a big art movie populated by all these creative individuals."
The film holds a place in history for being the first representation on film of New York's hip-hop scene. In it, a graffiti artist named Raymond (Lee Quinones) who, under the pseudonym "Zoro," traverses the city - especially the South Bronx - spray-paining subway cars (stationary targets are too easy for him).
He avoids the cops, romances a girl (Sandra Fabara) and hits big when he tags the background for a major "underground" rap competition outside an abandoned downtown theater.
Among the famous faces in the film are Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Flash and Busy Bee.



The IFC Center is located at 323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014 For tickets and information go to www.ifccenter.com or call 212-924-7771


Monday, September 24, 2012

Smack URL Battle: Loaded Lux Vs. Calico


Hip-Hop came about amidst major cultural and political upheaval in New York City. Battling has always been a part of the culture, It was a way to earn street credibility. The whole concept of MCing has been very competitive from the very beginning. When one thinks of Classic battles- Kool Moe Dee verses Busy Bee comes to mind. Also, it's hard to think of classic battles without thinking of The Fantastic Romantic 5 verses The Cold Crush Brothers, a battle that is disputed to this day.

These days Smack URL continues the legacy of MC battles. Smack URL (Ultimate Rap League) is the UFC of MCing. Smack URL battles are a throw back to a more exciting era in Hip-Hop culture. With some attention to detail, the battles can be an eye-catching sceptical. There have already been Smack URL battles that are considered legendary classics.

The Smack URL battle Between Loaded Lux and Calico is at the top of the list of those battles that are already being considered classic. This lyrical war is the topic a many conversations. It is being talked about by folks in the underground as well as the commercial rap culture. Watch to judge who the winner is.


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