Cult hip-hop documentary explores the creative explosion that gave birth to hip hop culture. Focusing on the subway graffiti ‘taggers’ whose art and method defined the rebellious, pride-fuelled streak from which sprang the music and fashion of Hip Hop subculture, Style Wars is reckoned by many to be the definitive look at this phenomenon. To a soundtrack featuring, among others, The Fearless Four, Grandmaster Flash, Trouble Funk and The Sugar Hill gang, the film flits in and out of break sessions, subway taggings, and rap jams, exploring the life and attitude of the youth of New York.
Style Wars is the legendary hip-hop documentary and a timeless film classic the indispensable record of a golden age of youthful creativity and exploding hip-hop subculture. The urban landscape has been physically transformed by graffiti artists. They invented a new visual language to express both their individuality and the voice of their community.Style Wars captures the look and feel of New Yorks ramshackle subway system as the graffiti writers’ public playground battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch the police and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile MCs DJ’s and B-Boys were rocking the city with new sounds and new moves as street corner breakdance battles became performance art.