Hip-Hop Movie Review: BOMB IT

BOMB IT! Directed by Jon Reiss

“With a fully global perspective, Reiss tackles everything from the controversy of graffiti artists selling and marketing their art on a mainstream (and commercial) platform to the vigilante citizens obsessed with the art form’s end.” –URB Magazine

BOMB IT is one of countless documentaries about the art of graffiti. The film starts out like most other graff flicks with a history of the culture’s roots in Philadelphia and New York during the 70s & 80s. The film then starts to take its own form as it travels into the present day and documents some of graffiti’s most creative and brave from around the globe.

BOMB IT stops in LA, NY, Phily, SF, Tijuana, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Hamburg, Berlin, Cape Town, São Paulo, and Tokyo and features interviews and art from old school legends and current favorites such as Taki 183, Cornbread, Stay High 149, T-Kid, Cope 2, Zephyr, Revs, Os Gemeos, KET, Chino, Shepard Fairey, Revok, and Mear One. Even outspoken critics of graffiti get a share of screen time as police, snitches, business owners, and public officials give their opinion of the outlaw art form. But make no mistake, this is definitely a pro-graff film.

Towards the end the movie also discusses how the once demonized activity is now being used by mainstream and commercial interests to make money for the very powers that simultaneously criminalizes it. At the same time the best aspect of this movie is that it reminds us that graffiti is still a largely subversive and underground art and just how many artists, from all around the world, are making sure graffiti stays true to its gritty roots. 

Equipped with with a diverse perspective, unique stories, and a dope soundtrack of international Hip-Hop, BOMB IT is a good addition to any graffiti video collection.

Running time: 1 hour 33 minutes.

Go to http://bombit-themovie.com for more info…

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