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Redefinitions: Hip Hop Roots and Future (2002)

Cast: Afrika Bambaataa, Afrika Bambaataa
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MHP, Music Video Distributors
Genre: Documentary, Music, Biographies, Documentary, Music
Languages: English
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Redefinitions: Hip Hop Roots & Future (2002)
Redefinitions: Hip Hop Roots and Future utilizes a low-budget, home-video filming style that virtually guarantees an unimpressive visual transfer. The colors are often muddled because of incorrect lighting within the interior settings. However, this lesser appearance correlates to the overall lack of unnecessary flair in the film. While the image transfer does not seriously damage this feature's effectiveness, the audio quality is a significant disappointment. The mono track is too quiet and sometimes makes the comments difficult to understand. It only becomes a major problem on a few occasions, but is still a noteworthy negative. This type of documentary requires performances to succeed, and this release does not disappoint. The disc contains a 50-minute live concert from Jahi, who effectively mixes rapping over beats with spoken-word material. Much of the music is performed by the Life, a full band, but Jahi also does some tracks with only beats. Another worthwhile feature is a Hip-Hop Tutorial, which observes Jahi explaining the basic elements of the culture. Speaking to possibly a school audience, he describes the diverse aspects, which include the MC, beat-boxing, street knowledge, and the business side. The final extra provides audio tracks from Jahi's album Window of Opportunity, which convey his positive, real-world message. ~ Dan Heaton, All Movie Guide

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Terrible by dalbusco February 19, 2005 - 12:55 PM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This is not a "documentary" so much as its a poorly-edited pish-posh mix of barely incomprehensible interviews taken at a rap conference. Did I say "incomprehensible"? Folks interviewed were trying to rap 1/4 of the time, but it was always a tale told by an idiot - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, but sounding pretty because there was a touch of intonation and rhyme.

This was a horrible piece of "work" - the screen ratio was screwy, the editing was veritably non-existent, and whomever put this together would just put a camera rolling so as to make those interviewed to the work.

All told? Biggest waste of a rental I've experienced yet.
37 whopping minutes of crap - you're better off with a "Beverley Hillbillies" rerun.

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