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Directed by Stan Lathan • 1984 • United States
Starring Guy Davis, Rae Dawn Chong, Saundra Santiago
In this vivid snapshot of 1980s hip-hop culture, an aspiring DJ (Guy Davis), a B-boy (Robert Taylor), and a graffiti artist (Jon Chardiet) hustle to make their mark outside of their South Bronx neighborhood. An unexpected break leads to an offer to perform on television—but the road to fame is fraught with hard-won lessons. Among the highlights of this propulsive hip-hop musical are performances from legendary artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five, Doug E. Fresh, and Treacherous Three; a breathtaking breakdance battle between pioneering B-boy groups the New York City Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew; and original music by Harry Belafonte (who also produced).