For those craving the true roots of Rap, “Wild Style” captured the hard core South Bronx scene at its births. This 1983 film stars a pantheon of Hip-Hop pioneers, including: DJ Grand Master Flash, Grand Master Caz and The Cold Crush Brothers, and The Rock Steady Crew. “Wild Style” also showcases the works of legendary subway artists, Lee Quinones and Sandra Pink Fabara. “Wild Style” follows the outlaw artists through the train yards to the rap/break-dance clubs. Phelim O’Neill of The Guardian says, “Nothing else comes close to capturing the atmosphere of the early days of Hip-Hop and spray can art”
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The East River Park Amphitheater in New York’s Lower East Side was the site of the classic hip-hop movie Wild Style’s final concert featuring The Fantastic Romantic 5, Chief Rocker Busy Bee and The Rock Steady Crew. Wild Style, from 1982, was about graffiti artist Zoro, played by real life graffiti pioneer Lee Quiñones. You can hear samples of the movie in “A to the K” by Cypress Hill, “Genesis” by Nas, “Professor Booty” by Beastie Boys and probably lots more that I don’t know about. (Source: http://popturf.com)
Pictured Above: A scene from Wild Style filmed at the East River Park Amphitheater.