Before hip-hop was a global phenomenon that produced billions of dollars in profit, it was the sights of the sounds of the streets, incorporating the four elements of hip-hop – MCing, DJing, B-Boying, and graffiti.
The last of these was the most visible, as the old, dirty subway trains of New York City became moving murals, iron canvases on which street artists could display their work. The New York City of the late ’70s and early ’80s is almost unrecognizable compared to the urban amusement park it has become in the 21st century.
Style Wars is one of the first pieces of mainstream media exploring the hip-hop culture and has been cited as an important element to the growth of the culture.
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Room 237 | Exit Through the Gift Shop | The Death of Superman Lives | 30 for 30: The Price of Gold | Paradise Lost | 30 for 30 Short: The Deal – Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox | The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings | Imagine…From Pencils to Pixels | Behind the Music: Nirvana | Planet B-Boy | Soul Survivor | The Cheshire Murders | Sound and Vision | Welcome to Death Row | Einstein | 30 for 30: Broke | The Thin Blue Line | Surviving Alone in Alaska | American Meth | Born Rich | 30 for 30: No Crossover – The Trial of Allen Iverson | The Story of ‘The Day the Clown Cried’ | The True Story of Che Guevara |Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time
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