Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme

DVD  Released On: May 24, 2005
Released By: Palm Pictures

release description

'Freestyle' is an homage to underground rappers that was created by the rising filmmaker Kevin Fitzgerald, a.k.a. DJ Organic. The verbal artistry demonstrated in legendary MC battles is captured here with live footage, interviews and a historical look at the key players: Watch for Mos Def, Black Thought & ?uestlove (The Roots), Jurassic 5, Craig G, Supernatural as well as surprise mainstream icons and pioneers. The Village Voice said about the in-depth feature film, "The energy is contagious, the poetry inspired, the most lively and informative movie about hip-hop since Wild Style." Over ten years in the making, 'Freestyle' explains the rules of the game and shows the musical genre to be a spiritual experience for those deep inside.

press

"The energy is contagious, the poetry inspired, the most lively and informative movie about hip-hop since WILDSTYLE" — The Village Voice

"Inspiring, mesmerizing, and creative revolutionary street poetry.... Eloquent social knowledge, the best of rap!" — Variety

"Takes on the culture and history of hip-hop, an awesome high-octane art form to behold, Will literally leave you speechless." — Indiewire

"Vital, pure, and un-compromised, elevated, Zen Like, with a spirit of scholarly form. The Best Rhymers from both coasts" — The Chicago Reader

"Freestyle remains as the purest part of the genre. Simply, "Spit-tacular"" — Fab 5 Freddy

"Joyful! Ferocious! A celebration of the verbal artistry of hip-hop. A rousing education in an Art Form that is too often misunderstood" — New York Times

"Outstrips all previous films on hip-hop" — Time Out