Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Letter to the President|
Actors: David Banner, Common, Chuck D., Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean
Director: Thomas Gibson (III)
Genres: Action & Adventure, Music Video & Concerts, Documentary, African American Cinema
This feature-length documentary showcases hip-hop's close-knit ties to America's social and political policies in the last thirty years. Even before hip-hop, black musical artists of the past have been at the forefront of ... more »
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Logan K. Montgomery | USA | 12/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Letter to the president is a wonderful introduction to the world of hip-hop. Like any genre of music, or movies or books, or even within a political organization there are people (in this case Hip-Hop artists) who are shallow and dont deserve the spotlight. Many people view rapping/hip-hop as a joke, and one large reason (although not the only) is because Hip-Hop Has become corporatized. Much like Hollywood has. I, Robot is a crappy movie meant solely to get as much money as possible. There are many movies like this. And same goes for hip hop. Some artists sacrifice content and importance for money. The same is true of any genre of music though, just look at britney spears.
This movie attempts to explain the other side of the genre. It doesnt defend the bad, but it just says there are artists and songs out there with a deeper message, and in this case, a political message. Worth watching."
C. Rutledge | Los Angeles, CA | 01/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As it is narrated by Snoop Dogg who I never have seen as particularly socially conscious, I was expecting a documentary with a lot of samples of hip hop music and then the artist or others using many swear words to explain what the music was really saying. To my surprise and pleasure, this was much more. The artists who are mainly speaking about subjects of the economy of the late 70s and into the 80s, the crack epidemic, how automatic guns get into the inner city, up to the current war are KRS-ONE, Chuck D, and others usually seen as socially conscious. They talk about how rap became socially conscious, how gangsta rap was often socially conscious, and how the big record companies are now suppressing socially conscious hip hop. This is more of a history-timeline type documentary and is very good. They never touch upon the 'does music simply reflect society or does it affect society' issue but it is definitely one that I would suggest for a library of good documentaries. If you are looking for a lot of music and entertainment, this isn't it, but it flows well and keeps you engaged."