About two and half years ago(!), I ran the trailer for a documentary on the history of the New York gang culture, and its eventual influence on hip hop, called Rubble Kings. (The same team also made an excellent film connecting hip hop and the post punk downtown scene in NYC of the late 70's/early 80's called Downtown Calling that has yet to see any sort of wide release.) Well, its taken a bit of time, but the film's makers have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish the project. Get the scoop & donate here. Visit Rubble Kings on Facebook here.
Now, when the hell will we get a copy of Downtown Calling?!
From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay an unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings, the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over.