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HHMC is brought to you by a trio of longtime hip hop fans: JB, an 80s and 90s nostalgia junkie, Boogie, a veteran DJ and graffiti artist, and DynoWright, podcaster and filmmaker. Upcoming Hip Hop Movie Club events: Aug 16 - House Party screening and talkback, SteelStacks, Bethlehem PA. More information coming soon! More events to be announced! Subscribe to our newsletter and get updated on events: https://hiphopmovieclub.substack.com/
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If you're of a certain age (a.k.a. GROWN), then Rick Famuyiwa's 2015 film Dope is definitely for you. And even if you're on the younger tip, this is a great homage to what we consider the Golden Age of Hip Hop music and culture. Topics discussed: This movie's wild, not-for-the-faint-of-heart ride The gold mine of '90s Hip Hop jams Shameik Moore: dy…
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Today on the show we have Andrew McIntosh (a.k.a. DJ ARM 18) and DJ Cap Cee to tell us what it was like to bring the legendary Chuck D of Public Enemy to Northampton Community College last month. Chuck D spoke for more than two hours and fielded questions from students at NCC's annual Humanities Lecture, organized by Andrew. Your HHMCs were able to…
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May 4, 2024 is the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of Breakin' - the cult classic breakdance film! Here is an encore presentation of our original episode from 2022. Also check out: Rock the Bells: Oral History of Breakin' Credits Hip Hop Movie Club is produced by your HHMCs JB, BooGie, and DynoWright. Theme music by BooGie. Follow @hipho…
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Today on Hip Hop Movie Club: Set It Off, the 1996 heist movie starring Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett, and Kimberly Elise that was groundbreaking – in more ways than one! Topics discussed: This is Queen Latifah's first lead role, and one of the best performances of a rapper turned actor 👑 This film is also an ode to Black women friendsh…
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Today we present our original 2-part episode on Do The Right Thing, the 1989 classic film by Spike Lee. (Originally released August/September 2022) As you should well know, "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy features prominently in the film, and if you're listening to this in mid-April of 2024, you should know that Chuck D from Public Enemy will be …
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Our live recording after the Krush Groove screening at SteelStacks in Bethlehem PA. Five facts plus trivia questions about the 1985 classic starring Run-DMC, Blair Underwood and a cast of thousands. Topics discussed: 👑 The Brothers Simmons: Russell and Joseph a.k.a. "Run" 🎞️ The real life inspiration for the Krush Groove story: Def Jam Recordings 🎥…
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Today on Hip Hop Movie Club: Kings from Queens: The Run-DMC Story. A new 3-part documentary series on Peacock chronicling the rise and dominance of the Hip Hop powerhouse that we know and love as Run-DMC. We see the origin story, the apex, the struggles, and the undeniable legacy left by this dynamic trio. Topics discussed: This documentary shows w…
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Ahead of our Krush Groove screening/live talkback at SteelStacks in Bethlehem PA on March 27, here is our original episode on the 1985 classic! Free tickets are still available if you go to steelstacks.org. (And join us on April 16 at Northampton Community College, Our original show notes: Your HHMCs review the 1985 film Krush Groove, starring Shei…
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Our live recording after the Juice screening at SteelStacks in Bethlehem PA. Five facts plus trivia questions about the 1992 classic starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Topics discussed: 🎞️ Tupac's filmography 🎥 Director Ernest Dickerson's work with Spike Lee 🎭 Cameos of rising hip hop stars in the film 💿 The Juice soundtrack: full of great hip ho…
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What makes India a burgeoning hot spot for hip hop? HHMC is joined by the hosts of the Serious Rap Shit podcast John Morrison and Josh Leidy to find out. John and Josh are the filmmakers behind the "Another Word for Paradise" film - a documentary following Indian American rapper and best-selling author Lush Life on tour in his homeland. Watch Anoth…
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated superhero film featuring Miles Morales as he becomes the new Spider-Man and joins forces with other Spider-People from various parallel universes to save his universe from the madman Kingpin. Topics discussed: Into the Spider-Verse is a feast for the eyes with some sweet animation. The movie features…
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On Feb. 28, we are back at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA, for a screening of the 1992 classic Juice and a live podcast recording/Q&A/talkback! DJ ARM 18 will be on hand for a special DJ set too. Tickets are free! To get ready for this fantastic evening, here is our original episode on Juice from 2022. The screening an…
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The Underdoggs (with two g's) is the story of Jaycen "Two Js" Jennings (Snoop Dogg), a former NFL superstar wide receiver who is sentenced to community service. He decides to coach a rough-and-tumble ragtag youth football team as a means to regain his popularity and post-playing career opportunities. Topics discussed: Snoop Dogg's likability and hu…
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Hip Hop Movie Club and Andrew "DJ ARM 18" McIntosh discuss last week's magical ArtsQuest event celebrating Wild Style at SteelStacks in Bethlehem PA . It was a blessing to be in the building for this action-packed night that featured: a screening of Wild Style (1982) a panel discussion with director Charlie Ahearn, Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush…
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In this episode of Hip Hop Movie Club, we discuss the 2010 rom-com Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah and Common. We explore five key takeaways from the film, including Queen Latifah's talent as a rapper-turned-actor. Also check out: Stuart Scott's cultural prominence Credits: Hip Hop Movie Club is produced by your HHMCs JB, BooGie, and DynoWright…
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Ahead of next week's screening of Wild Style at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA, here is our episode from 2022 on "hip hop's first film". This screening will include a Q&A panel discussion with director Charlie Ahearn, Grandmaster Caz of Cold Crush, and Grandmixer DXT. After the screening, stay for a unique DJ performan…
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Marcus Greer was a quiet kid growing up in Queens facing many challenges including an absentee father and a drug dealing mother, whose life was tragically cut short. Leading the life of drug dealing and violent crime puts Marcus in peril himself and within moments from death. Today on Hip Hop Movie Club: Will Marcus in fact Get Rich or Die Tryin'? …
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A pimp with a song in his heart. Is there any other kind? But can DJay get "Whoop That Trick" onto a demo tape for the world to hear? Today on Hip Hop Movie Club: Hustle & Flow. Topics discussed: Is this story believable? DJay's endearing qualities Intense scenes Favorite characters DJay's rapping style Terrence Howard's career Soundtrack and songs…
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The Watts riots of 1965 lay destruction in its wake. Fast forward to the early 90's, and the urban youth of South Central L.A. are still trying to find their way. Broken homes, gang violence, and the drug game dot the 'hood. Caine Lawson finds himself embroiled in the turmoil, having grown up with little means and the child of a dealer and addict. …
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It's the Holiday Season, so hippity hop and hoppity hip, and don't forget to wear your best drip! Yo Yo Yo! Merry Christmas! We have a special holiday treat for the HHMC listeners and viewers. Is Dashing Through the Snow Ludacris-ly good? Or just aight? Dashing Through The Snow at Disney+ Dashing Through The Snow on IMDB Credits Hip Hop Movie Club …
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Jeff Cole realizes his dream of becoming an undercover cop. Working his way up the ranks is one thing, but he now faces the challenge of his life when called upon to infiltrate and bring down the kingpin known as God! No, not that one, the one played by LL Cool J! In this episode, we'll answer the question: How deep do you need to get in to take do…
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Biz Markie was the "Clown Prince of Hip Hop". He paved his own way in the industry and in turn, opened doors for future legends. He was like a big kid and larger than life. Even in death, nobody beats the Biz. (Nobody Beats the Biz!) But what was the late, great Biz Markie really like? All Up in the Biz on IMDb Where to Watch: Showtime Credits Hip …
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Women were just as much innovators of hip hop as men...but for 50 years, they haven't had received their due, or their story told as it should. Until now. Today on the show, we are joined by Djenaba Figueroa of "Freestyle with Djenaba" and we discuss Episodes 2-3-4 of Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop, a limited series on Netflix. Ladies Fi…
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Women were just as much innovators of hip hop as men...but for 50 years, they haven't had received their due, or their story told as it should. Until now. Today on the show, we discuss Episode 1 of Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop, a limited series on Netflix. In this episode, we'll answer the question: who are the true OG women in hip hop…
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He was a kid from the Bay Area with a difficult relationship with his mother. And while most kids could relate to that kind of situation, only one kid was the multitalented and charismatic son of Afeni Shakur, a controversial leader in the Black Panther Party. Episode 5 of the documentary series “Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur” explo…
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He was a kid from the Bay Area with a difficult relationship with his mother. And while most kids could relate to that kind of situation, only one kid was the multitalented and charismatic son of Afeni Shakur, a controversial leader in the Black Panther Party. Episode 4 of the documentary series “Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur” explo…
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Content warning: There are two very brief references about suicide in this episode, at about 14 minutes and 23 minutes. Please take care as you listen. In the United States, help is available if you call or text 988. For more information, visit 988lifeline.org. He was a kid from the Bay Area with a difficult relationship with his mother. And while …
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Welcome to the Hip Hop Movie Club podcast! Today we have a special episode with very special guests DJ ARM 18 and DJ Cap Cee, two of the Lehigh Valley's greatest. We're talking top three hip hop movie soundtracks. What's your top three? See if we link up on the sync up, next on Hip Hop Movie Club. Fair warning – this episode has some grown folks' l…
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In honor of the 50th anniversary of hip hop, today August 11th, Hip Hop Movie Club presents an encore release of our very first episode. We reviewed the 1984 classic Beat Street. Listen and hear just why this film is required viewing for any hip hop fan. Original show notes: Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Hip Hop Movie Club podcast. Your H…
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He was a kid from the Bay Area with a difficult relationship with his mother. And while most kids could relate to that kind of situation, only one kid was the multitalented and charismatic son of Afeni Shakur, a controversial leader in the Black Panther Party. Episode 2 of the documentary series “Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur” explo…
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Your HHMCs review the first episode of the Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur docuseries. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: How did Afeni influence the early work of Tupac as an artist, writer, poet, rapper and actor? Dear Mama on IMDb Where to Watch: Official Website "Same Song" by Digital Underground (YouTube) Cr…
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In the 2023 film "You People," nice Jewish Ezra, and Amira, a Black woman from the Nation of Islam, embark on a romantic relationship jam-packed with interracial and intercultural conflict like it was the I-5 at rush hour in LA. In this episode, we'll answer the question: will Ezra and Amira's love conquer their parents and their cultures, or will …
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In the 2022 film "On the Come Up," teenage rapper Bri wants to make it big as an artist and she has the skills. She has a chance at the big time, but she'll need to balance keeping it real without selling out. If she doesn't make it, there are serious consequences for her and her family. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: Will…
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In the 2020 film version of the Broadway musical Hamilton, a young and ambitious Alexander Hamilton yearns to write a long-lasting legacy of his own, and of a brand new country in the New World he helped create. Aaron Burr, one of history's great frenemies, stands in his way. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: Just how revolut…
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In the 2003 film Malibu's Most Wanted, Brad Gluckman faces what many young people face: the quest to find his own identity. He thinks it's as B-Rad G, a brilliant-in-his-own mind rapper. His Senator father has other ideas about his identity, and will do whatever it takes for both Brad and B-Rad to be neither seen nor heard. This episode of Hip Hop …
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In the 2004 film Soul Plane, a scrappy Nashawn Wade (played by Kevin Hart) realizes a dream and launches a hip hop-heavy airline. But he could fly even higher if he could win back his ex-girlfriend Giselle during the maiden flight. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: Can Nashawn land this plane, get the girl, and keep them head…
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On this bonus episode of Hip Hop Movie Club, your HHMCs look back at our first year of the podcast! Credits Hip Hop Movie Club is produced by your HHMC's: Boogie, JB and DynoWright! Theme music by Boogie. Hit us up at hiphopmovieclub@gmail.com or on TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @hiphopmovieclub. You can also check us out at hiphopmoviecl…
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Your HHMCs review the 1998 film I Got The Hook-Up, starring Master P and AJ Johnson. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: What can Black and Blue dial up, to get on up, and out of the mess they're in? I Got The Hook-Up on IMDb Where to Watch: Amazon Prime "All I Need in This Life of Sin Is My Talking Master P Doll Friend" (Vice)…
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On today's show, Big Ron from the "Leaving the Theater" podcast and many other projects (including contributing to "Pop Culture Happy Hour" from NPR) joins the HH MC's to talk about his hip hop origin story, the one hip hop-themed movie that made him feel like he just had an experience, the phenomenon of rappers turned actors, and lots more! Find B…
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Your HHMCs review the 2001 film How High, starring Method Man and Redman. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: Will the Ivy League academic career of Silas and Jamal be lit? Or will the experience all go up in smoke? How High on IMDb Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Girls Gone Wild (Wikipedia) FUBU How High soundtrack (Spotify) "Tog…
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Your HHMCs review the 2017 film Roxanne Roxanne, starring Chante Adams, Elvis Nolasco, Mahershala Ali, Kevin Phillips, and Nia Long. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: Who was the REAL ROXANNE? Roxanne Roxanne on IMDb Where to Watch: Netflix Crazy Eddie commercials (YouTube) Video Music Box Roxanne and Biz Markie freestyle (Yo…
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Your HHMCs review the 2009 film Notorious, starring Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, and Anthony Mackie. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: Was Biggie ready to live or ready to die? Notorious on IMDb Where to Watch: Amazon Prime | HBO Max Diddy responds to 'Making the Band' backlash (BET.com) "Puffy is Poison" Part 1 and Part 2 …
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Your HHMCs review the 2002 film 8 Mile, starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, and Anthony Mackie. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: Will B-Rabbit take his one shot - his one opportunity - to seize everything he ever wanted in one moment? 8 Mile on IMDb Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Eminem - "My Name Is"…
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Your HHMCs review the 1985 film Krush Groove, starring Sheila E., Blair Underwood, Run-D.M.C., The Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, and New Edition. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: Just how Def was the origin story of Def Jam Recordings??!! Krush Groove on IMDb Where to Watch: Tubi Rush Management/Productions (Cornell exhibition) Kur…
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Your HHMCs review the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, starring O'Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and Paul Giamatti. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: What happens when these Boyz from the Hood skyrocket outta Compton? Straight Outta Compton on IMDb Where to Watch: Amazon Prime The California Raisins (Wikip…
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Your HHMCs review the 1998 film Belly, starring DMX, Nas, Taral Hicks, T-Boz, and Method Man. We'll answer the question: "Will Tommy and Sincere find their higher calling - or will they remain in the underbelly of crime?" Belly on IMDb Where to Watch: Freevee/Amazon Prime The 20 best Hype Williams-directed videos (Billboard) The opening scene (YouT…
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Your HHMCs review the 2002 film Paid In Full, starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: What will Ace's master plan be to get some dead presidents? Paid In Full on IMDb Where to Watch: Showtime (subscription)/Amazon Prime (rent/buy) "True" Budweiser commercial directed by Charles Stone …
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Hey Hip Hop Movie Club listeners. We want to tell you up front that we recorded this special episode before the untimely and tragic death of DJ tWitch, Stephen Boss, a lead character in the Hip Hop Nutcracker. We join the world in mourning him, we wish peace and comfort to his wife Allison Holker, their children and loved ones, and we celebrate his…
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Your HHMCs review the 1991 film New Jack City, starring Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, Judd Nelson, and Bill Cobbs. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: How do you stop the top H-U-S-T-L-E-R, Hustler??!!! New Jack City on IMDb Where to Watch: Tubi | Amazon Prime (rent/buy) The Wesley Snipes Crying meme 10 H…
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Your HHMCs review the 1992 film Juice, starring Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine Hopkins, and Khalil Kain. This episode of Hip Hop Movie Club answers the question: How far will Bishop go to get the Juice? Juice on IMDB Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Alternate ending to Juice via Film School Rejects Credits Hip Hop Movie Club is produced by your HHMC…
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