Bombin’: Old School UK Graff and Hip Hop Documentary

A while back we posted Beat This! A Hip Hop History, a 1984 UK documentary by Dick Fontaine care of Channel 4. Well Mr. Fontaine continued to explore the Hip Hop culture some more a few years later with Bombin’ starring New York Graff wrter, Brim, UK legend Goldie, and Afrika Bambaataa. This 1987 documentary explores more of the Hip Hop culture’s influence in Britain and the similarities of urban plight with New York City.

Much of this piece centers around legendary Graff writer, Brim, and his stay in Britain with the UK media. He later breaks bread with Goldie and crew and also gets hired to bomb the set for the third installment of Death Wish starring Charles Bronson. There are also other scenes with a community center jam, local B-Boy crews, rappers, DJs, and close up interviews with Afrika Bambaataa. One of the other notable clips are the riots of Birmingham and Goldie visiting Brim and Afrika in NYC.

This is a good video to watch to see old school Hip Hop in the UK as well as the impact of Graff writing and its reception in Britain. Although released a few years later in 1988, this documentary was filmed between 1984-1986 before it debuted. There are some real novelty, cheesy scenes typically found in some Hip Hop videos in the mid 1980s, but not too cheesy to call it a bad piece. It is truly worth watching because it is important Hip Hop history.

My only complaint really is seeing the movie production set of Death Wish 3 exploiting the urban aesthetics of the Hip Hop culture to make the set appear more Bronx ghetto realistic. I remember seeing clips of that film back in the day and it was comically terrible. Seeing clips of it now is very sad to see. It serves as a reminder how Hollywood sees people from low economic communities as mindless animals.

Credit to ScratchWorx.com for posting this video on YouTube.

Enjoy!

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