From neighborhood ciphers to the most notorious MC battles, "Freestyle: the Art of Rhyme" captures the electrifying energy of improvisational hip-hop--the rarely recorded art form of rhyming spontaneously.
Like preachers and jazz solos, freestyles exist only in the moment, a modern-day incarnation of the African-American storytelling tradition. Shot over a period of more than seven years, it is already an underground cult film in the hip-hop world.
The film systematically debunks the false image put out by record companies that hip-hop culture is violent or money-obsessed. Instead, it lets real hip-hop artists, known and unknown, weave their story out of a passionate mix of language, politics, and spirituality.
UPCOMING SCREENINGS (director's cut)
Vancouver @ The Rio Theater, July 2nd
Toronto @ Big Picture Cinema, July 12th
Rochester, NY @ The Little Theater, July 27th
Chicago, IL @ ICE Theater, August 7th
NYC @ WORDS, July 20th
London, UK @ Rough Trade - TBA
Orlando,FL - TBA
Las Vegas,NV - TBA
New Orleans @ Press Street,