From neighborhood ciphers to the most notorious MC battles, 'Freestyle: the Art of Rhyme' captures the energy of improvisational hip hop - the rarely recorded art form of rhyming spontaneously. Like preachers & jazz solos, freestyles exist only in the moment, a modern-day incarnation of the African American storytelling tradition. Shot over a period of over 7 years, this film is already an underground cult film in the hip hop world.
Features mainstream icons such as Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur, as well as underground heroes like Common, Black Thought (the Roots), Chali Tuna (Jurassic 5), Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, and many more, plus commentary from a historical perspective by members of the Last Poets. (2005)
MUSICALLY SPEAKING is a series of music-themed movie and documentary screenings, curated/hosted by DJ Soul Sister, and co-presented by Press Street, Charitable Film Network, and WWOZ FM. Free admission and refreshments.