Will the Dipset support? Who knows. They sure spent a lot of time on Houston's SW Side back in the early, um, turn of the century and such. Anyway peep it out!
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Monday, August 24th, 7:30 pm
Music videos in focus: directed by Marc Klasfeld Juvenile, Three 6 Mafia, Scarface, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, Young Jeezy, Chamillionaire & more.
Since Juvenile’s “Ha” video, NYU gradute Mark Klasfeld has become the go to guy when major artists want to present a realist image of hip-hop life and culture in the South. One gets the sense that Klasfeld listens to the artists he works with. If Jeezy wants to see two antelopes colliding in mid-air, Jeezy gets it. Weezy wants a woman next to him to translate his words into American sign language, Weezy gets it. The results are music videos that share the artist’s vision and are never short on surprises.
Dirty States of America, 8:15 pm
Dir. FLX (2004) 95 mins.
Dirty States is the most thorough documentation of Southern hip-hop rap in all its regional variation and cultural offshoots. This history is told through interviews with practically every notable southern rapper at a pivotal time when hip-hop form the South began to upstage the East and West coast versions in popularity and market value. While “keeping it real” in its even representation of gun-talk, booty shaking and obscenity in the Dirty, poignant and conscious voices emerge in the film, particularly those of David Banner and Killer Mike. Fans of the Dirty South will find the film enjoyable, and for those curious about the culture, this is an excellent primer.
Tuesday, August 25th, 7:30 pm
Ya Heard Me? The Story of New Orleans Bounce
Dir. Bounce Community (2008) 75 mins.
This film is about a regional version of hip-hop specific to New Orleans called Bounce. You’ll learn how bounce got started and all about the legends like T Tucker, Joe Black, Cheeky Blakk, DJ Irv, Mia X, The Show boys, Bustdown and many more. What Dirty States does for Southern rap in general, Ya Heard Me? does for bounce in particular – providing a history of the music’s roots in second line and Mardi Gras Indian culture and tracing its development ward by ward. The film takes a turn towards tragedy as artist 10th Ward Buck records Katrina and Bounce artists are dispersed. Post-Katrina follow up in Houston, Atlanta, Mobile, Baton Rouge and New Orleans make this documentary a snapshot into a vibrant culture rooted in tradition, set adrift by tragedy.
Lil Boosie: Bad Azz Documentary, 9:00 pm
Dir. Lil Boosie & Bryan Wright (2006) 53 min.
Lil Boosie tours Baton Rouge in a Dodge Magnum (right, a station wagon) and in between accapella raps, he tells the story of his life – his upbringing, his battle with diabetes and his eventual rise to stardom. The film is followed up with some choice internet niblets – Boosie’s latest music video, a news clip about a fan who was arrested for Boosie’s “obscene” lyrics loudly in public.
I’m Bout It, 10:15 pm
Dir. Moon Jones & Master P (1997) 75 min.
Master P’s first film is a prime example of his entrepreneurial spirit. Shot in the Calliope projects of New Orleans, I’m Bout It is an action packed film loosely based on Master P’s life. Arguably the first Hip-Hop street flick for, by and about the agents of the culture to make a serious profit.
Wednesday, August 26th, 7:30 pm
South Park Mexican: Mary Go Round
Dir. Benny Mathews and Carlos Coy (1999) 46 min edit.
An in depth portrait of Carlos Coy, aka South Park Mexican and his family-run independent label, Dopehouse Records. The film is refreshing in its straight forward construction, comprised of interviews with family members, friends, rappers, general hangers on and SPM himself and sprinkled with decent performances. The film was completed shortly before South Park Mexican was sentenced to 45 years in prison for sexual assault of a minor, for which he maintains his innocence.
From Da Streets to Da Stage (excerpt), 8:15 pm
Keepittrill.com presents a Tribute to Pimp C.
Pimp C Pimpalation: Return of the Trill, 8:30 pm
Dir. Ariel Sanstchi (2006) 60 min
Bun B, Pimp C’s partner in rhyme, set a ground swell for Pimp C mania by constantly screaming Free Pimp C on every song he has done since Pimp C got arrested and sent to prison. This DVD takes you inside the life of Pimp C as he tries to get his life back together after his release from prison. It shows Pimp C in the studio working on music with a host of stars from Lil Flip, Scarface, Young Jeezy, Z-Ro, Lil Webbie and of course Bun B. It also captures Pimp C at his video shoot and his coming home party.
Thursday, August 27th, 7:30 pm
Fat Pat: Ghetto Dreams
Fat Pat is one of the original members of S.U.C. and, alongside DJ Screw and Pat’s brother HAWK formed the Dead End Alliance (DEA). The best part of the film is the music video for Pat’s slab anthem, Tops Drop.
DJ Screw: The Untold Story, 8:00 pm
Robert Davis Jr. a.k.a. “DJ Screw” is the master of “Screwed & Chopped” music, a technique of slowing the music to a drag personifying the underground lifestyle of the Houston streets that made him famous. With a small army of MCs known as the Screwed Up Click or S.U.C., Screw began a mix-tape movement that would one day take the music industry by storm. This DVD contains never-before seen footage of the one man who gave Houston its sound identity, at work and at play as well as interviews with the original members of the S.U.C., Davis’ family members and others whose careers are influenced by his music.
Lil Keke: The Youngest Don, 8:30 pm
Friday, August 28th, 7:30 pm
S.U.C.: Soldiers United for Cash
Dir. Rel (2004) 75 min.
Ariel Santchi’s crucial documentary provides the most in depth interview with DJ Screw. Outstanding performances by HAWK, a youthful Z-Ro and an endless freestyle by Lil Flip in pre-Flipperacci form.
Pitch Control Volume 3
Dir. Ariel Santschi (2009) 90 min
Pitch Control's latest DVD, featuring Boss Hogg Outlawz, SUC, ABN and many more
After-party with DJ Lil Randy & E.S.G. hosted by Meshah Hawkins and REL.
DJ Lil' Randy, an original member of the Screwed Up Click, carries the torch of his mentor DJ Screw, as he continues to put out screw tapes with the blessing of the legendary Screwed Up Records and Tapes on Cullen.
E.S.G. is one of Houston’s underground legends and freestyle kings. Apart from appearing on numerous screw tapes, E.S.G. is most well known for his albums Ocean of Funk and Sailin Da South and his classic single, “Swangin and Bangin.”
Saturday, August 29th, 7:30 pm
Dirty States of America
Dir. FLX (2004) 95 mins.
Pitch Control Volume 3, 9:00 pm
Dir. Ariel Santschi (2009) 90 min.
Tribute to Big H.A.W.K, 10:30 pm
Meshah Hawkins will present a video compilation of interviews with and performances by her late husband John "HAWK" Hawkins. Big HAWK was a founding member of D.E.A. and S.U.C. and along with his late brother Fat Pat, defined the endless freestyle and sing song flow that put screwed up Houston on the map. Ms. Hawkins has led the effort to find her husband's killers and keep his legacy alive.
After-party with DJ Lil Randy & E.S.G., hosted by Meshah Hawkins and REL.
Co-Director of Cinema Programs
Man, I wish I could be there. This is a beautiful thing. Word to my cousin FLX!