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Director Matt Ruskin's enthusiasm for the project is readily apparent, but his film is unfocused, meandering, and frustrating to watch. Read critic reviews

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Chris "Kharma Kazi" Rolle, a homeless Brooklynite originally from the Bahamas, gets a fresh start under the guidance of Art Start, an educational support group. Rolle goes on to found "The Hip Hop Project," a music program for New York's at-risk youth, and encourages them to write and rap about the real issues affecting their lives.

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

    July 22, 2008
  • More, I can't shed my enthusiasm for what Kazi accomplished, the philanthropic legacy he has crafted to give voices to the voiceles a simply stunning achievement.

    May 12, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A big, wet, sloppy valentine to hip-hop's power to give voice to the voiceless.

    May 12, 2007 | Rating: b | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

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