Fantastic Freaks, Cold Crush Brothers, DJ Grand Wizard Theodore (Live at Club Dixie in South Bronx)

Clip from 1983 film “Wild Style”…..
The Source has called WILD STYLE “the best hip-hop movie of all time,” and it’s widely recognized as such worldwide. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the film as one of the “10 Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Movies of All Time.” Rolling Stone rates it #7 on its list of “The Top 25 Music DVDs of All Time,” noting, “you’ll find exhilarating and rare footage of Fab Five Freddy, Grandmaster Flash and all the spray-painters, rappers and breakers who helped turn hip-hop from a South Bronx musical style into a cultural phenomenon.” This seminal visual record of the origins of hip-hop culture now celebrates its quarter-century mark with the special WILD STYLE 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION from Rhino.

The WILD STYLE 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION DVD presents a digital transfer from the original 16mm film, a 5.1 audio mix and new commentary from director Charlie Ahearn and hip-hop icon and former graffiti artist Fab 5 Freddy. In addition to the groundbreaking feature film, captured on location in the South Bronx in 1982 – including great subway and train yard shots – the WILD STYLE DVD is now expanded with new interviews with Ahearn, Fab 5 Freddy, Busy Bee and Lady Pink. Also featured are a previously unissued mini-documentary with footage from the 20th Anniversary WILD STYLE concert, a “Bongo Barbershop” DJ battle in the Bronx, previously unreleased photos and other bonus extras.

Narratively, WILD STYLE follows the exploits of maverick tagger Zoro (real life graffiti artist Lee Quinones), whose work attracts the attention of an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor) who commissions him to paint the stage for a giant Rapper’s Convention. A documentation of the earliest days of hip-hop in the boroughs of New York, everything in WILD STYLE is authentic – the story, style, characters, and most of the actors, are drawn from the community. It features a pantheon of old-school pioneers, including Grandmaster Flash, Fab Five Freddy, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and more.

In its chronicling the influential South Bronx youth culture of the day – before it became globally known – WILD STYLE shows many important hip-hop personalities in their milieu before they went on to reap national acclaim. Chief among these is Fab 5 Freddy, who hosted Yo! MTV Raps from its inception. Director Ahearn credits Freddy for the film’s vision of hip-hop as a unified culture. WILD STYLE may not have been the first movie featuring rappers, but it was the first to link graffiti, break dancing, DJing, freestyle MCing and the emergence of the hip-hop nation. It culminates in one of the greatest hip-hop parties in history.

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  1. This was actually filmed in 81 and 82. Fab Five said they tried to release it in 82 but couldn't, and had to wait until 1983. In the meantime, they cut a few scenes —- one containing Run DMC before they were know. He wished they would have kept it but at the time they just looked like regular faces in the crowd ( dome scene near the end)

  2. It amazes me that this came out when I was 8. I lived it then and still love it. It’s too bad (with a few exceptions) that Hip-Hop died around 1991. Now Kanye West is hip- hop? Well if he is I have to turn in my turntables!

  3. You had to know about British Walkers, Playboys, Wallabees, shark skins, ice cubes, stradlers, sheep skins, Devils jeans, moc necks, kangols, beavers, etc., to relate to this Rosetta stone priceless treasure of rap.

  4. I'm 51 years old a native New Yorker from Strong Island and this battle scene still sends chills through my body. It's Hip Hop in its purest form when cats did this to escape the madness that they were subjected to growing up in the South Bronx. New York birthed this music we African Americans and Hispanics grew up on in NY. It was birthed in the BX and it spread to the other 4 boros and Strong Island and upstate NY. When I watch this it brings tears to my eyes watching all these b Blacks and Puerto Ricans Vibing together and I think any the Block parties and park jams in Long Island and how we all escaped the madness that went on in there Concrete jungles of the 5 boros and the suburban hoods of Strong Island. I shed a tear for the brothers and sisters from the Bronx who were in this scene who are resting in peace like Frosty Freeze from Rock Steady and the numerous others who couldn't escape the madness from the Bronx and those who went back to the essence from my old hood in Long Island. The whole world has to thank New York for birthing this art form we grew up on and love called Hip Hop. I grew up in the Golden era of Hip Hop during the late 80s and I saw Rakim Allah Public Enemy Bumpy Knuckles EPMD Dela Soul Biz Markie and other Long Island artist do their thing at park jams back in the day in Long Island. So I know that vibe and I thank God I got to experience it in its purest form. And JDL wad hard as hell with that line its 82 and thing is fine. And let's not forget Ruby Dee from Fantastic 5 a Puerto Rican doing it before the days of Fat Joe. This shot was crafted by Blacks and Afro Latinos and that's facts.

  5. If you want to see an mc rip the mic, just listen to JDL. The charisma, the lines, the flavor, the soul. This was Hip Hop culture, this was the essence of what inner-city New York created and gifted to the world. It's what made a 9-year-old from the south side of Chicago to embrace a culture, a style, and a movement that is 2nd to none. These are the wilderness years of Hip-Hop but this spirit will never expire.

  6. I remember this used to come on at like 1-2am on channel 7 (Chicago) back in the 80’s. I was hyped when that intro came on.

  7. "I am the New Yorker, the street walker, the woman stalker, the jive talker, the money maker, the safe breaker, boy ya better watch ya girl cause I'm the man that'll take her!"
    -Prince Whipper Whip

  8. The set that Ken Swift starts at 5:42 is dope, even by today's standards. People unfortunately don't use backspins anymore but NO ONE, gets into them like that. RSC 7 Gems/Breaklife

  9. Back in the day when MC had to move the crowd. You couldn’t get on the mic unless you had skills and talent. Studio rappers did not exist then

  10. Where it all started. Harlem world, T Connection, The Fe ver, Edenwald projects, and Co op city. Wild Style and Beat Street were one of my favorite movies of all time, as well as krush groove and breaking! "WORD UP"

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