Fri 28 Dec 2012
This is a great find from Eskay. Through a rare promo clip for “All City,” a project worked on by 80′s by photographer and graff historian Henry Chalfant, we can witness hip-hop’s childhood years. Originally, he wanted to showcase the hip-hop movement being created in NYC during that time period. In this video you can see Chalfant describing how he wanted to document the incredible things going on in the inner city and hip-hop world. The project never came to life but the footage he captured speaks volumes. A lot of early graf, breakdancing, and rapping is included. Check out this dope history lesson.
Watch the video clip after the jump…
Director Henry Chalfant introduces his film All City (1983), which grew out of an idea to do a youth TV program about Hip Hop and other cultural phenomena of interest to young urbanites. The program was never realized, but the trailer grew into a portrait of the different elements of Hip Hop in the mid-80s. The venue is Fashion Moda, a popular art gallery on Third Avenue in the Bronx. There is a demonstration of Bboying, and Rap, followed by a discussion, hosted by Spank TC5, about art and culture with important graffiti artists of the time including Dondi, Butch, Mare and Brim. The video includes a montage of murals by Henry Chalfant and a Pop and Lock lesson by Mr. Wiggles. It features the young Bboy crew, VTB, The Very Tough Breakers.