Origins of Hip Hop: Wild Style

Wild Style. 1983. USA. Directed by Charlie Ahearn. 82 minutes.

When the creativity of maverick tagger Zoro (real-life graffiti artist Lee Quinones), attracts the attention of an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor), she commissions him to paint the stage for a giant Rapper's Convention. A document of the earliest days of hip-hop in New York, Wild Style’s details are authentic - the story, style, characters, and most of the actors, are drawn from the community. Charlie Ahearn’s 1983 breakthrough film chronicles the influential South Bronx youth culture of the era before it became globally known, and presents important hip-hop personalities in their milieu before they went on to reap national success. As vibrant and relevant as ever, Wild Style presents the first celluloid vision of hip-hop as a unified culture, linking graffiti, break dancing, DJing, freestyle MCing and the emergence of the hip-hop nation, culminating in one of the greatest hip-hop parties in history. With Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and more. (82 minutes)

“A fascinating time capsule for anyone interested in the cultural roots of hip-hop.” -Keith Phipps, AV Club\


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