Culture Hip Hop à New York, a French documentary about hip hop, is our Saturday Matinée feature this week.
For your viewing pleasure this Saturday morning/afternoon/evening (depending on where you happen to be right now) is a French documentary about hip hop culture in New York. The Big Apple is seen as the birthplace of hip hop, so this really is the perfect place to do it. What’s more, it was filmed in 1994 (no rhyme intended), which is perceived to be part of the “golden years” of hip hop. Why? Well, the following albums were released in that year:
Organized Konfusion – Stress: The Extinction Agenda
OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??!
Scarface – The Diary
Jeru the Damaja – The Sun Rises in the East
Common – Resurrection
Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die
Nas – Illmatic
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – The Main Ingredient
To name but a few. The film was made by Claude Fléouter, Jean-François Vallée and Frédéric Variot and features Wu Tang Clan, Lord Jamar (of Brand Nubian), Chuck D, Guru, Supernatural, The Last Poets, Afrika Bambaataa and others, all major names in hip hop from New York and the whole genre in general. Peep the breakdancer at the beginning, busting some moves at the train station in full b-boy gear, while people care enough to watch. That’s how you know it’s old.
Stream it below.