The Roots (Black Thought, Questlove, Kamal Gray, Frank "Knuckles" Walker, Captain Kirk Douglas, Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson, James Poyser and Mark Kelley) on the red carpet for the 2016 BET Awards Arrivals held at at the Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th June 2016
Questlove , Black Thought - Opening night of the Broadway musical Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre - Arrivals. at Richard Rodgers Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 6th August 2015
Black Thought - A host of musical stars including Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed live at the 3rd Annual Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in New York, United States - Saturday 27th September 2014
That says something about how hip-hop evolves as a genre - it's not Fitzgerald's fault that the genre he loves best moves so fast, and getting an indie documentary finished on a shoestring can be a lengthy process. But you wouldn't notice how dated the film feels if it didn't have more serious organizational problems. Freestyle mainly wants to be a documentary about the history and mechanics of freestyling, but its loose-limbed, impressionistic structure too often makes the film drift away from the point. Freestyle bounces from interviews with members of early-'70s Beat-poet-styled hip-hop pioneers the Last Poets to brief (and unconvincing) attempts to tether freestyling to Baptist church preachers and John Coltrane's improvisations. Brief interludes about the history of early hip-hop in the Bronx, female rappers, and the mainstream rap industry take on worthy subjects, but they draw energy away from the subject at hand.
Continue reading: Freestyle: The Art Of Rhyme Review
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