Red Bull Music Festival Presents This Is the Life
Ukrainian Culture Center
4315 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
The first film by acclaimed director Ava Duvernay (Selma) and a document of a unique scene in L.A.’s South Central: open mic hip hop nights at health food store The Good Life. Artists were given one song to prove their worth and if they didn’t move the crowd, they were called to “pass the mic!”. The “no cursing” rule challenged rappers to advance their creativity on the mic, paving the way for this unlikely venue to become a breeding ground for internationally recognized acts like Jurassic 5 and Freestyle Fellowship. Interviews with Myka 9, Chali 2una, Cut Chemist, Pigeon John, Busdriver, and Ava herself provide insight into this legendary moment in independent L.A. hip hop culture, a time of brotherhood and sisterhood united by love of music and expression.
Red Bull Music Festival presents Center Channel (trailer) from EXP TV on Vimeo.