This year, IndieMusic also includes a mini-cycle dedicated to hip-hop, to celebrate the 50 years since that party in a flat in the Bronx with DJ Kool Herc that, according to the myth, marked the beginning of hip-hop. We invited Sam the Kid to curate this cycle. To the challenge of choosing three films essential to the history of the genre, he followed up with this answer:
Scratch, Doug Pray
I chose this documentary because it is an excellent film about Djing, and more specifically about the talent and difficulty of turntablism, an art more and more forgotten in hip-hop culture, mainly in Portugal, where there is a giant gap of new artists, committed to this type of expertise.
Beats, Rhymes and Life – The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, Michael Rapaport
A documentary film eagerly awaited by fans of hip-hop culture, but which is transversal to any music fan, because director Michael Rapaport has managed to access the good and the bad, as far as the management of a group/brand and their long-standing friendships are concerned. A very important look at a collective that also excelled in mystique and privacy. One more reason why this documentary is a must-see.
CB4, Tamra Davis
An excellent satirical comedy of the rap of the early 90s, which is very current when we talk about incoherent postures. From the critique of the fake gangster to the fake revolutionary, CB4 is a landmark film to the point that its title has entered the lexicon of hip-hop culture. Today, if we say that a group is CB4, we mean that they are trying to be something they are not, for other purposes.