Wild Style (1983)
Everyone knows that hip-hop started in New York, right? Charlie Ahearn’s guerilla snapshot of the Big Apple in the ‘80s tells the story of one graffiti artist using his talents to get somewhere, all while the movie makes sure the elements of hip-hop -- breakdancing, rapping, DJing and, of course, graffiti-painting -- are properly represented. It’s an awe-inspiring time capsule of a movie.
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Craig D. Lindsey is a freelancer whose work has been seen in Vulture, RogerEbert.com, Nashville Scene, and The Raleigh News & Observer. He wishes February was 30 days long, so he could've thrown in Fear of a Black Hat. You can holler at him: @unclecrizzle.