The Hip Hop Project

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Released 2006

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Released:
2006
Rating:
R

From executive producers Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, The Hip Hop Project is the compelling story of a group of New York City teens who embark on a unique journey of self-discovery as they dare to reach for their dreams. Inspired by a formerly homeless teenager named Kazi, the young people struggle to write music about the tough issues affecting their lives. Over the next four years, they overcome daunting obstacles to produce a powerful and thought-provoking album,??recorded in a studio??donated by Willis and hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. Winner of 16 film festivals this critically acclaimed film is a lasting legacy to the teens??? transformation through the power of hope and healing.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Giving "inspirational" a good name, Matt Ruskin's vibrant and soulful documentary The Hip Hop Project sets its universal message to an inner-city beat.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Perhaps the film's biggest failing is simply that the music of The Hip Hop Project isn't more thrilling, that there isn't a sonic equivalent to the wounded, searching feelings of t...

  • 70

    Variety

    A beat-driven, inspirational organism that develops and blossoms along with its subjects, "Word.Life" tells the story of a once-homeless Brooklynite who prods, pushes and propels h...

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