Hip-Hop at the Movies
Posted 01.16.09 by reelz
"I said a hip-hop, the hippie, the hippie to the hip-hip-hop, a you don't stop the rock it to the bang bang boogie, say up jumped the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat." Now after reading those lines you either think I've lost my mind or you started singing along with "Now what you hear is not a test!" The lyrics, of course, are from Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," which took the music scene by storm and first brought rap music into the mainstream in 1979.
Now, 30 years later, rap is far from the fad everyone tried to dismiss it as. While disco, new wave and grunge have come and gone, hip-hop has flourished and become a viable popular music form. And over the years, the genre has moved beyond music and into movie theaters, starting with the classic Wild Style in 1983. This weekend sees the release of George Tillman Jr.'s anticipated biopic Notorious, so we thought the timing was perfect to take a look through the annals of Hip-Hop at the Movies.