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Hip Hop Street Credentials
Hip Hop Street Credentials
Actors: Aesop Rock, Iz-Real, Kool Keith, Pee Wee Kirkland, Kutmasta Kurt
Directors: Tony Samuel, Israel Vasquetelle
Genres: Documentary
UR     2006     0hr 53min

Street Credentials is a pass to an up-front and personal perspective into the underground Hip Hop scene directly from some of the most unique and diverse personalities in the industry today. From Hip Hop's most outrageous ...  more »


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Actors: Aesop Rock, Iz-Real, Kool Keith, Pee Wee Kirkland, Kutmasta Kurt
Directors: Tony Samuel, Israel Vasquetelle
Creators: B. Crummett, David Noone, Gabriel Garton, Tony Samuel, Israel Vasquetelle, Anthony Torres, Thomas Jenkins
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Insomniac Inc
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/25/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 0hr 53min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Street Credentials Hits the Hip Hop Spot
Maxie569 | Portland | 05/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hip Hop Street Credentials covers hip hop from the perspective of innovative within the subversive and progressive world of the genre. It gives their take on what's wrong with hip hop music today, and what they are doing to take it back to what it's supposed to be.

What makes this so interesting is how different all of these artists are. Today, rap is shown mainly from the BLING angle, here we see an acclaimed poet (Saul Williams), a underground star (Aesop Rock), an eccentric icon (Kool Keith), an ex-hustler-turned role model (Pee Wee Kirkland), a battle rapper (Poison Pen), a street mix-tape DJ (Silva Sirfa) and a revolutionary (Immortal Technique). All of these subjects have different attitudes about their roles within the artform, yet all seem to find similar problems in the genre.

Besides the documentary, the DVD also contains over 2 hours of unedited interviews and a few other intriguing features such as the director's (Israel " IZ-REAL " Vasquetelle) visit to a juvenile detention center. In this gritty segment, he speaks to youths about, ironically, the dangers and perils in buying into the hip hop depicted in video games, videos and on mainstream radio.

A worthy choice for anyone wanting to learn more about this fascinating culture, or for anyone who's fed up with the misogynistic, excessive, and misguiding turn hip hop has take since it's golden era. Give it an A+"
Good Documentary About Hip Hop Culture and Industry
Tess | Chicago, IL | 04/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great look into hip hop today. It's smart, but still very provacative and still has a true street edge. A lot of material to digest, but worth the time because it peers so deeply into both the culture and business aspect of hip hop."
Street Credentials is real Hip Hop
Seth Weinstein | New York | 04/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this movie and all of the bonus features...A Hip Hop Masterpiece for sure...Tony Samuel and Israel Vasquetelle did a great job. I loved the camera work and the editing. If you want to learn about the business of Hip Hop, Street Credentials will take you up close and personal. Two thumbs up...way up..."
Intelligent Look Into Hip Hop
Kim | San Francisco | 04/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD provides an intellectual, but gritty look into what is wrong with rap music today. The artists all give very insightful views into the industry. I wish more rap related movies would do what this does for the genre."