By Pablo / Word on the Street / 8th February 2017
In light of our previous article on the Art of Graffiti and International Public Art Festival that’s coming up at the end of this week, we thought we should share this little slice of golden Hip Hop history with you.
New York 1982: Before Banksy, 50 Cent, East vs West and the corruption of cash and fame, there was Style Wars: arguably the first film to capture graffiti writing and hip hop culture before it became mainstream.
The documentary is as objective as possible- it looks at graffiti from the perspectives of the writers themselves, their mothers who worry about them, the police trying to catch them and the citizens who wish that they would. The story takes you back to the birth of an urban subculture that defied societal norms, bridged gaps between races and fostered peace in dangerous surroundings through self-expression and creativity. It’s raw, unfiltered and probably the closest you’ll ever get to understanding the true roots of Hip Hop – a multi-racial movement that gave a voice to the voiceless.
Added bonus – the soundtrack is unreal, with features from OG’s like Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash.
Yup, Style Wars blew this track up decades before GTA – Vice City
This has been widely credited as the first alternative Hip Hop track ever made. Welcome to history.
Below is the YouTube link to the film, but if you can, try download it in higher quality for better viewing.
You can thank us later.
Yours in Style