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Sunday, 15 May 2011

style wars



Style Wars is a Hip Hop documentary that follows the rise of the golden age. Essentially it captures the essence of New York's old school uprising and colourful history while also focusing on the birth of graffiti as an art form.

This film from the 1980s packs heaps of artwork into 70 minutes as it follows the lives of gifted writers around the train systems of NY. Going into the mind of these artist, its clear to see that living for your artwork and expressing yourself is more important than getting caught.  The documentary also includes interviews with the local law enforcement that believe graffiti as an act of vandalism. And they fail terribly with attempts to restrict this iconic movement.

Deep in the roots of this movie are the core elements of true Hip Hop. From the B-Boy breaks to the great soundtrack with pioneers such as Grand Master Flash and The Sugarhill Gang, its only too easy to wish that you could have been part of such an era.

I would definitely recommend anyone to get a hold of this great documentary even if you are not entirely interested in Hip Hop.


Song in the trailer is "8th Wonder" by the Sugarhill Gang

81 comments:

  1. Loved Exit Through The Giftshop and am a keen artist myself. Love graffiti too (the good kind, if you know what I mean)

    Will definitely check this out.

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  2. Don't think I've seen a hip hop documentary before, I think I might watch this.

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  3. Kinda cool, thanks for the review. I'll make sure to watch this sometimes soon

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  4. The documentary looks interesting. I'll have to check it out.

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  5. sounds pretty cool. definitely will check it out!

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  6. ok I will check out the documentary

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  7. Ok i'll have to go get it soon, seems really good :)

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  8. Documentaries are usually not my thing, but I think I might check this one out.

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  9. *subscribed*
    I like documentaries, maybe Ill look this one up.


    come check my blog out and follow me? nice meeting you.

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  10. Dude this movie is the shit. You are on point. Where the helll do you live?

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  11. This looks interesting, any documentary about NYC is good.

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  12. Looks good. I really enjoy documentaries.

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  13. thanks for the review...it looks very promising!

    I have followed your blog..Could you follow mine too please?

    Sky Stock Analysis

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  14. Well NYC sure has changed.. A lot since then. That culture doesn't really exist anymore!

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  15. Awesome blog, gonna check out the documentary!

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  16. Never heard of this before, it would be interesting

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  17. Good stuff mister, post more about it, if you can.

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  18. Great post! Keep up the good work!

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  19. haha i love the graffiti on the train, wish i could do one in my bedroom without getting yelled at

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  20. Interesting stuff, gotta check it out when I can.

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  21. This movie made me go outside and start tagging.

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  22. great video. it's awesome!!!
    followed

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  23. this is hands down one of the best i have ever seen, i saw it like 3 years ago and it has stayed on point. It makes me miss catching tags

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  24. I really enjoyed the vid. Great post. Ill be back.

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  25. I love that doc. Scratch is another great hip hop related doc, as well as 5 Sides of a Coin and The Freshest Kids.

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  26. mh. Graffiti is cool and nice but I dont like the vandalism aspect of it. I knew some ppl who tagged as well and I disliked it.

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  27. I think I'm gonna check out the documentary soon. Thank you for this post.

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  28. will download thank you

    keep it up son

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  29. I enjoy reading your blog. Like this post too!

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  30. I love your blog, is amazing and you are a good author ;)

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  31. Its interesting they're documenting the cops reactions as well. I haven't seen it, but I think graffiti should be one of the lowest priorities on a police force's list.

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  32. Nice graffiti art!
    =following

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  33. interesting I wil enjoy this blog, +1 Follow!

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  34. Cool, i'll look it up later :)

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  35. I like music films, dont know about documentaries, i might give it a try.

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  36. Thanks for the review, gonna check this out soon!

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  37. I'd never heard that song before. Thanks

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  38. Wierd for it to be based in 1982. Haha nice song though

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  39. love the song in the vid :P

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  40. Graffiti is an art, i will not deny that but I'm not a fan of the fact that once placed without the owners consent it is there forever unless the owner wants to repaint it.

    Then again, it's only my viewpoint, every now and again you do see some nice work. ;)

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  41. You have to admit, some of the rhymes from the Sugarhill Gang sounded like they painted themselves into a corner, and had to use silly rhymes to get out of it...

    But still, awesome track. Following!

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  42. nice blog name "i used to love her" i can say the same ^^

    good blog +followed

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  43. Grandmaster Flash is one of the all-time greats.

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  44. looks awesome, def gonna check it out

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  45. I love docs, ill have to check it out. Thanks!

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  46. never been into hip hop but i'll give it a go

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  47. This looks excellent. I love that image at the top, what amazing composition.

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  48. Whoa it looks awesome and the cover picture is amazing, thank you for sharing, following now =)

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  49. Nice photo man, captures something

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  50. Heh, imma watch this now - good post indeed!

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  51. This documentary is ridiculously good. Thanx for this post.

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  52. My mate was telling me about this last week. We're gonna rent it out

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  53. not bad. I misread at first - read 'Star Wars'. lol.

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  54. Awesome video, Would watch again!

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  55. I checked the trailer, It looks quite awesome, thank you for sharing again! Take care =)

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  56. urban art? I will have to check that one out

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  57. This looks interesting, I'll check it out..

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  58. Seems interesting, I'll have to check it out.

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  59. A doc on tagging? Might have to look this up

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  60. I watched this in artschool. Very good film.

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  61. Can't get enough of true hip-hop culture background. Thanks for the info!

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  62. I was thinking of making a documentary like this. Good work.

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  63. hip hop is not my favourite kind of music , but maybe i will start changing my mind, your blog is very awesome i ll include it in my morning coffe ;)

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  64. Seems like a cool documentry =)

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  65. It's a nice documentary, I'm going to watch it out, thanks for sharing.

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  66. That guy in the suit looks a little edgy sitting there.

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