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Lamondo 'Tiny' Watkins, 1977-2013
Local drummer dies after complications from heart surgery
"...Austin hip-hop lost another beloved figure this weekend when Lamondo “Tiny”..."

July 15, 2013 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

sxswf: 'Uprising'
New doc revisits the L.A. riots
"...for the squeamish or the faint of heart, Uprising: Hip-Hop & the LA Riots is a very close-up look..."

March 15, 2012 Screens Post by Josh Rosenblatt

By the Time I Get to Austin
Q&A with FFFF headliner Chuck D of Public Enemy
"...the guy who coined the term "Black CNN" for hip-hop. You can't talk about Flavor of Love. Hell, there's..."

Nov. 1, 2011 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

Go for It!
A young woman in Chicago learns to overcome her fears and become a hip-hop dancer in this inspirational dance movie.
"...a directionless student and dedicated member of an all-female hip-hop crew. Marron does a fine job evoking just how..."

May 20, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Takers
This Los Angeles-set heist movie stars lots of well-muscled men.
"...Luessenhop seems to think he's assembled a sort of hip-hop Heat, even aping Michael Mann's fondness for cool color..."

Sept. 3, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Microphone Fiend
Rakim masters the old school
"...MC and his DJ is a rare sight in hip-hop these days, but Rakim’s schooling at Emo’s Wednesday night..."

Nov. 6, 2009 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

Next Day Air
A misdelivered package of concealed cocaine kicks off events in this comic film starring Donald Faison, Mike Epps, and Mos Def.
"...in this film. Viva la raza-ism, yo. Longtime music video/hip-hop doc director Boom chose an easy first-out with a..."

May 15, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The World Is Yours
Nas at Emo's
"...“I’ve heard it described as 40 minutes of perfect hip-hop,” a friend said to me halfway through high school...."

Aug. 26, 2008 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

Surfwise
This documentary is a revealing portrait of Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, the spiritual father of Israeli surf and the corporeal father of a nine-child surfing dynasty in California.
"...Having previously dug into Seattle grunge (1996's Hype!) and hip-hop scratch (2001's Scratch), filmmaker Pray continues his subculture-immersion studies..."

June 6, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Step Up 2 the Streets
Romantic sparks fly (again) among students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts.
"...Streets, Hollywood’s latest exercise in redemption through midriff-baring and hip-hop cross-marketing. The film’s two heroes, Andie (Evigan) and Chase..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Fool's Gold
Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star in this tale of two gorgeous, love-tossed, star-crossed treasure hunters who reunite to search for a lost 18th century galleon.
"...love-tossed, star-crossed treasure hunters. Got that? Add in a hip-hop loan shark with a mean streak, a calypso soundtrack..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

First Sunday
Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan play petty criminals who spend a night reckoning with the lord when they rob their neighborhood church.
"...one of the most incendiary and trenchant voices in hip-hop. Indeed, if you'd told me in 1992 that this..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Perfect Holiday
In this lightweight yuletide fluffery, a young girl turns to a shopping-mall Santa to find a husband for her divorced mother.
"...out, but Murphy, all dumbass rap snaps and oily hip-hop overkill, turns out to be the savior of the..."

Dec. 14, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The District!
This animated Hungarian feature is equal parts South Park and Magyar-inflected hip-hop, and an altogether smart, urban riff on Romeo and Juliet.
"...– which is equal parts South Park and Magyar-inflected hip-hop – The District! is a smart, urban riff on..."

Nov. 16, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Revolution Ain't Gonna Revolve Overnight
Getty at the Homo Revolution Tour 2007.
"...Is the world ready for homo-hip-hop or the HomoRevolution as it was called last rainy..."

April 10, 2007 Qmmunity Post by Kate Getty

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
This trip through musical Istanbul is a little prettier than it is deep, but it provides a window into the variegated subcultures of a city one musician calls “a bridge crossed by 72 nations.”
"...Hacke. This trip through musical Istanbul – from underground hip-hop clubs in the revitalized slum of Beyoğlu to circle..."

Aug. 11, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

G
This Hamptons-set hip-hop story about love and success is modeled after The Great Gatsby.
"...and Andre Royo. Not reviewed at press time. A hip-hop story about love and success is set in the..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Fog
This hazy remake pales in comparison to John Carpenter's original fogbanks from 1980.
"...of Antonio Bay into Antonio Island, a hotbed of hip-hop radio overseen from her lighthouse perch by a woefully..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Coach Carter
Come to this movie for the prominent hip-hop soundtrack and glossy sports action; leave with a message about teamwork, decency, and self-respect scorched into your brain.
"...recruitment unlikely. Come to this movie for the prominent hip-hop soundtrack and glossy sports action; leave with a message..."

Jan. 14, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Moog
An admiring documentary about Robert Moog, the inventor of the music synthesizer.
"...the synthesizer’s capacity for storing information to the way hip-hop artists sample the riffs of yore. There are things..."

Nov. 26, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Cookout
Don't get burned on these leftover stereotypes.
"...they don’t completely devolve into offensiveness. Leave that to hip-hop artist Ja Rule, as a thuggish one-time schoolmate of..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Soul Plane
Everything is lewd and crude at this mile-high club.
"...think 2 Live Crew was the zenith of intellectual hip-hop. The fact that the cast includes real talent –..."

May 28, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Scary Movie 3
Third outing is 90% chaff, 10% wit, and pure Children of the Corny.
"...eerie Signs, and – wait for it – Eminem’s hip-hop rags-to-bitches tale 8 Mile. One of these things is..."

Oct. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

OT: Our Town
"...let’s say, relaxed fit. Backed by a soundtrack of hip-hop and edited to within an inch of its life,..."

Aug. 15, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hollywood Homicide
"...homicide detectives hunting down the killer of a breakout hip-hop act. They’re both a little distracted, though: Hartnett’s K.C...."

June 13, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Queen of the Damned
"...appearance midway through of the Vampire Queen (the late hip-hop singer Aaliyah) is -- for those out of the..."

Feb. 22, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Rock Star
"...goofy, tongue-in-cheek, my-gawd-how-could-we-be-so-dumb shrine, but a shrine nonetheless. One-time hip-hop star Mark Wahlberg (here, so defiantly un-Marky Mark) stars..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Rush Hour Two
"...one part martial-arts actioner, with dashes of fast cars, hip-hop, and supermodelesque eye candy. Periodically, something combustible explodes, and..."

Aug. 10, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Romeo Must Die
"...guys into much smaller pieces, all to a throbbing hip-hop score. The film, overseen by über-producer Joel Silver, acts..."

March 24, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Show
"...This documentary about the fractious world of rap and hip-hop has been slowly kicking its way around the country..."

Nov. 3, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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