A riveting examination of masculinity, sexism, and homophobia in hop-hop culture. Delivering a self-described "loving critique" of rap music, director Byron Hurt - a former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and now gender violence prevention educator - pays tribute to the power and creativity of hip-hop while challenging the rap industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative sterotypes of manhood. The documentary features revealing insights from rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hop-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and Kevin Powell. Critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race and racism, gender violence, and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.
This documentary explores the history and scope of the hip-hop dance style. The movement is also studied as a global marketing phenomenon. Despite its popularity, hip-hop struggles to define its historical lineage, concept, origins, aesthetics, and generational acceptance. Discover how it was first introduced to mainstream America in the early 1970s as break dancing (or b-boying). Learn how hip-hop has evolved and where it's headed.