Designed to be an insider's account of hip hop culture, doc works up a lather in the visual department, but is so scattered and cursory that it inadvertently ends up making the hip hop scene appear to be no more than empty posing and way past its prime. Pic should play well in DVD market, where it was released after fest preem.

Designed to be an insider’s account of hip hop culture, “Hip Hop Immortals: We Got Your Kids” works up a lather in the visual — and especially graphics — departments, but is so scattered and cursory that it inadvertently ends up making the hip hop scene appear to be no more than empty posing and way past its prime. That clearly was not the intent of writer and hip hop cultural critic Bonz Malone and director Kris Palestrini, but the aspects of hip hop not covered here are enough to drive a truckload of MP3 players through, while makers’ refusal to study the music is perverse in the extreme. Pic should play well in DVD market, where it was released after Pan African fest preem.

Hip hop’s outlines are roughly sketched in here, starting with a brief summary of its roots in New York, and then on to the music’s impact on graffiti artists, sneakers, DJs, corporate sponsors, Hollywood, fashion, cars, tattoos, foreign markets, pirating, jewelry, the porn biz and music vids. Key problem is pic relies on snippets of dozens of interviews with hip hop players, with no theme ever established.

Hip Hop Immortals: We Got Your Kids

Production

An Image Entertainment release of a Sock Bandit Prods. presentation. Executive producers, Mark Suroff, Derek Axelrod, Matthew Suroff. Co-producers, Bonz Malone , Ponti Lambros , Estevan Oriol . Directed by Kris Palestrini. Written by Bonz Malone.

Crew

Camera (color, DV); editors, Palestrini, Aaron Dunkel; music, Eric Sermon, Mo-L, Dr. No, Kovas, Orlando, Mike, Notes, J.N.W., House of Talent, DJG2, Adam Deitch, Milo, Boysie, Flavio J. Escotto, Dorian, Danny Marcado, Pontus H.W. Gunve; music supervisors, Daddy-O, Jason "Big Jay" Joseph, Jordan N. Weiss, Pete Blast; graphic designers, Dunkel, Oliver Wickl. Reviewed at Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, Feb. 13, 2004. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Grandmaster Melle Mel, Busta Rhymes, Ernie Pannichioli, Schooly D, Wyclef Jean, Rakim, Jam Master Jay, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, Fat Joe, India, James TOP, Marley Marl, Gang Stark, Lexington Steele, M.C. Lyte, Kid Capri, Stephen Baldwin, Karl Kani, Tyson Beckford. Narrator: Bonz Malone.
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