Saturday, February 5, 2011

Documentary----"Freestyle---The Art Of Rhyme"

"Freestyle---The Art Of Rhyme" was released in 2000 to critical acclaim.  The Urbanworld Film Festival award winner for Best Documentary showcased a multitude of artists versed in the art of freestyle.  Freestyle, in one sense, is the ability to deliver impromptu rhymes on the spot, spontaneously using environment, circumstances, or rhyme opponents as material to showcase who is the dopest "off the dome", so to speak.  In other circles, freestyle is more of a stream of consciousness rhyme that has been written.  Both proponents of freestyle are represented in this thought-provoking film.  A wide range of hip hop artists appear in the film:  Pharoahe Monch, Mos Def, The Last Poets, Freestyle Fellowship, Medusa, Juice, Supernatural, Craig G, Otherwize, Black Thought, Questlove, Talib Kweli, and countless others.  The documentary was directed by Kevin Fitzgerald, also known as DJ Organic.  With him having a foot in the doorway of hip hop, he was able to tap into the energy that fuels the art of freestyle. Freestyling, along with other components such as graffiti, deejaying, and b-boying, all play a part in making hip hop the viable culture that it is.  If you haven't seen this film, take a look at the artistry and poetry represented by those that represent urban angst and living.   

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