The Hip Hop Project

Synopsis: The Hip Hop Project is the dynamic and inspirational story of a group of New York City teenagers who transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery. The film traces the evolution of this award-winning outreach program developed by Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager turned youth mentor. After four years of collaboration, the group produced a powerful and thought-provoking album that provides a revealing look at their lives. In contrast to all the negative attention focused on hip hop and rap music, this is a story of hope, healing and the realization of dreams.
Director(s): Matt Ruskin
Production: ThinkFilm
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

So he started

with basic principles of living.

- Integrity, right?

Well, you know, you just got to

keep your word at all times, man.

- He pretty much lured us in,

"Yeah, come and make

your own album,

"come make your demo,

free studio time,

free production. "

Cats went in there.

It was the total opposite

ofwhat they seen.

- It's a frickin' office

with computers, you know,

two white people

sitting at a desk.

That was it.

- He wanted to expose

young people to the music business.

He also expressed

how important it was

to elevate the consciousness

of these young people

and to help them heal.

So hip-hop was just the in.

- I discovered

the Hip Hop Project.

I had seen a flyer in my school.

Music is something

that I've always been fascinated by.

Ever since I was young,

I had a passion for music.

- What is your name?

What is your name?

I had been exposed to hip-hop

at, like, a young age.

When I turned 15, I was like,

"Yo, you know what?

"This is something I want to do.

You know what I'm sayin'?

I know that in my heart. "

Of course I want to be signed,

publishing deal,

make album after album.

What else would I do with

all this fire inside of me?

Like, where else would I put it?

My mom's condition is,

she was diagnosed with

multiple sclerosis in 1996,

and before then, the doctors

didn't really know what it was,

because, like,

she would have all this ailment.

The doctor scheduled her

for an MRI,

and then I guess that's when

they found out that she got MS.

Having it just made her

completely, like, suicidal,

you know, twice, attempted

to just commit suicide.

My writing

is what kept me alive,

because there was so much rage,

so much anger,

and it was like

I didn't know how to get it out.

- What I'm hungry for is just

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