The Hip Hop Project (2006)

The Hip Hop Project



Critic Consensus: Director Matt Ruskin's enthusiasm for the project is readily apparent, but his film is unfocused, meandering, and frustrating to watch.

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Chris Rolle was born into poverty in the Bahamas and found himself forced to fend for himself as a child when he was abandoned by his mother. Rolle came to America in his teens but soon found himself homeless on the mean streets of Brooklyn, NY. Rolle had a natural talent as a rapper, and had the good fortune of meeting Scott K. Rosenberg, who was the founder of Art Start, an organization that brings arts education to New York City's underprivileged. Encouraged by his contacts at Art Start, … More

Rating: PG-13 (for strong language and some thematic material)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Jan 5, 2010
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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (20)

It makes the viewer uncomfortable, too -- but it's unquestionably honest, like so much of Hip-Hop.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

A big, wet, sloppy valentine to hip-hop's power to give voice to the voiceless.

Full Review… | May 12, 2007
AV Club
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First-time director Matt Ruskin is a skilled documentarian; he releases information gradually so the narrative develops in an organic fashion that is consistently engaging.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Seattle Times
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The film meanders, sidetracks, and frustrates -- few of the rap songs, some of them boasting wildly inspired couplets, are shown and heard in their entirety.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Dramatically, the movie lacks motion -- the kids don't seem a lot better off at the end -- and the point of the program escapes me. These kids badly need an education.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
New York Post
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[Director] Ruskin is so awed by his subject that he never gains the distance needed to create a bigger, more powerful picture.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
New York Daily News
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