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Image Brings Hip-Hop Book to DVD

14 Dec, 2003 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Based in part on Bonz Malone's acclaimed 2002 hardcover coffee-table book Hip Hop Immortals Volume One, Chatsworth, Calif.-based Image Entertainment Feb. 10 will release Hip Hop Immortals: We Got Your Kids on DVD.

The $19.99 disc prebooks Dec. 30.

The film brings to life the publication's 227 raw images of urban music, art and dance with voices from what appears to be the entire crib of hip-hop artists, including Busta Rhymes, Coolio, C-BO, Bone Crusher, Boo-Yaa, Fabolous, Bow Wow, Lil' Kim and Snoop Dogg.

The film depicts hip-hop's influence on pop culture and fashion with comments from model Tyson Beckford, NFL football player Warren Sapp, and adult film stars Lexington Steele and Tera Patrick, among others.

“They are talking about the impact of hip-hop, what it has done to our kids regarding what kind of sodas our kids drink, the clothes they wear, the fashion, the music they listen to,” said an Image spokesperson. “[Hip-hop] encompasses everything.”

A King magazine review said the book will not only impress “the lady of the crib, but in 20 years it can double as your kid's hip-hop encyclopedia.”

According to the film's director Kris Palestrini, hip-hop can mean “everything” to a lot of people.

“Going into this, we wanted to depict ‘the truth,’ Palestrini said. “After a year of interviews and research, we found there is no one truth, just thousands of voices and opinions. We caught those ideas and incorporated them into the film.”

A screening of the film is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the Tribeca Hotel in New York.

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