Previously at the ICA - Films
14 Jun 2015 – 2 Jul 2015
There will be a preview screening on 14 June followed by a Q&A with director Mike Todd, Jalal Nuriddin and Quenell Jones.
Hailed by Grandmaster Flash and Chuck D, sampled by the Beastie Boys, Wu Tang Clan, and Nas, Hustlers Convention was the foundation for today's hip-hop scene. This film tells the story of one of music’s buried masterpieces: the missing link between soul power and hip-hop, which gave its creator the right to claim his title as the ‘grandfather of rap’.
Released in 1973 by original member of The Last Poets, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, this documentary tells the story of two young hustlers who attend the eponymous convention, only to get tangled up in a shootout and police chase. It is also a tale within a tale of culture and identity, of ambition and greed. It gave the streets a voice, was recited in neighbourhoods word for word and still resonates with meaning today.
With original interviews including Jalal Nuriddin aka Lightnin’ Rod, Ice T, KRS One, Chuck D, MC Lyte & Melle Mel, Hustlers Convention explores the forgotten roots of rap, and takes a closer look at how the album changed the face of music.
Hustlers Convention, dir. Mike Todd, USA 2015, 91 mins.