Founding Fathers of Hip Hop
December 27, 2014 2:54 PM   Subscribe

The Founding Fathers [1hr25min] "unsung DJ's who contributed to the foundational principals of the music known today as Hip Hop. This documentary transports you to a journey back to the early underground disco days of the streets and parks throughout New York City." Narrated by Chuck D, with plenty of primary interviews and slammin' beats.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton (3 comments total)

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A ham-fisted, poorly recorded documentary that nevertheless does its best to indicate that a huge amount of Hip-Hop culture and touchpoints were active in the NYC community some years before the versions most associated with the "Beginning". By the end it's Old Man Yells at Cloud, but before then, and after the bad start, it becomes an enjoyable travelogue of the advances in technology to make the "DJ Sound" happen, including a particularly nice side-path into fashion. The emotion of the production team in wanting to tell some part of the story, even decades too late, shines through. 8/10.
posted by jscott at 10:45 PM on December 27, 2014

wow, wow, that is incredible. so much. and so many good records in the background. i only wish i could send everybody on here a 90 minute tape and have them each fill one for me.
posted by Conrad-Casserole at 11:35 PM on December 27, 2014

By way of this video I also watched this VH1 documentary on the relationship between crack and hip-hop which was totally entertaining (narrated by Ice T!), sensational as fuck of course, rife with inaccuracies, unverified claims, distortions, as well as portrayals of racist half-truths, dogwhistles, or synecdoche that was passed around at the time, some of which I wasn't aware of.

There were plenty of facts in the mix but it was total infotainment that nobody should seriously watch to be informed per se without previous knowledge on the subject.

Somewhat fun to watch in a train wreck and throwback sort of way, and to revisit old school (from my "born in 1980" perspective, not like the TFV) personalities
posted by aydeejones at 8:46 PM on December 28, 2014

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