Definition: a condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration
Unsigned is a 78-minute hip hop documentary detailing the aspirations and dreams of up and coming emcees on the underground circuit. It gives a voice to those who may only be heard on local mixtapes or ciphers with other budding lyricists. It is a rare sight when these individuals are given the opportunity to speak about their respective passions and how that equates to being underground, unsigned talents. No matter location, gender, subject matter, or modes of hip hop expression, the stories are similar, because the ties that bind them are one and the same: a love for hip hop culture. Directed by Ri-Karlo Handy, Unsigned is a needed documentary, even if it is a little rough around the edges. No matter, the ultimate goal has been achieved by Handy, placing the cameras on hungry artists, allowing the lens to narrate the stories along with the persons involved. Five years after its making, this documentary has much validity within the unsigned, independent world of hip hop music.