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The Hip Hop Project

Rated PG-13 for language.

PG-13 In Theaters 05/11/2007 , 88min.
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May 22, 2008
Ihave nothing but respect for all these folks who took the journey of these young people going through their hard times and seeing their transformation as far as the film takes them. I hope that many other youths are touched by this "Project" and are inspired to take moves in a postitive Dircetion. Members that they did not go in depth about such as Live Wire owning his own record label "The
May 22, 2008

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Village Voice
From domestic strife to studio triumph, the most impressive accomplishment of Project is not the student-made album, but that when Kazi says cheesy things like "This is healing through hip-hop," you actually believe him. Full Review
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
Art makes the difference for the few kids who make it, and it also makes the difference for the films that stand out from the pack. The Hip Hop Project, a documentary by Matt Ruskin, is one of them. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Although it often feels more like a promotional tool than an objective documentary, there is no denying the emotional resonance propelling Matt Ruskin's first feature. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Giving "inspirational" a good name, Matt Ruskin's vibrant and soulful documentary The Hip Hop Project sets its universal message to an inner-city beat. Full Review
John Anderson
A beat-driven, inspirational organism that develops and blossoms along with its subjects, "Word.Life" tells the story of a once-homeless Brooklynite who prods, pushes and propels his aspiring young rappers to think first and rhyme later. Full Review

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