Freestyle - The Art Of Rhyme

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Released 2000

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Director:
Kevin Fitzgerald
Released:
2000
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Directed by rising filmmaker Kevin Fitzgerald (a.k.a. DJ Organic), FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME documents the freestyle scene from the early 1980s through the present day, featuring a who's who list of seminal hip-hop figures including MC Supernatural, Mos Def, Roots members Black Thought & Questlove, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Freestyle Fellowship, Lord Finesse, Cut Chemist, Craig G, DJ Kool Herc, Juice, Boots of the Coup, Medusa, Planet Asia, MTV's Sway, Crazy Legs, Jurassic 5 members Cut Chemist, DJ Numark & Chali Tuna, Wordsworth, Bobbito Garcia, and The Last Poets, providing a rarely seen portrait of hip hop that is at once entertaining, historical, and educational.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Even if you have no previous interest in or extensive knowledge of hip-hop, Freestyle will draw you in, accomplishing that rare feat of making the creative process interesting whil...

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The skills on display in Freestyle are too varied and idiosyncratic for one movie to contain, but this one at least offers a heady, rousing education in an art form that is too oft...

  • 60

    Variety

    One of the film's strengths is its abundant performance footage.

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