Growing up, one of my major passions were the VHS tapes and DVDs that bands would periodically release in addition to their albums. I remember my favorites were the ones that were more than just footage from a live performance — they followed the artists back stage and on the tour bus, allowing fans to see what their favorite bands do night in and night out while on tour or in the studio or even just on breaks in between work.
These types of films were important to the industry at the time because they allowed an up-close-and-personal look at the artist, taking them off the stage and placing them in fans’ living rooms, giving us access to a world that we could previously only imagine (and probably did a few times). Well, I am glad to say that even with the advent of social media, these types of films are still being made, and I am glad that there are people that still see the value in such work.
Tonight, right here in LA, (what are the odds of that?), Gathr Films and Woofer Music and Sound are hosting a one-night-only screening of a performance documentary directed by Ice-T called Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap. I haven’t seen the film yet, but from watching the trailer I picture it being Ice-T taking you through the hip-hop scene like a pimp daddy Morgan Freeman, giving fans a history lesson on pretty much every aspect of hip-hop culture from the perspective of the people who created it, people like Mos Def, Dr. Dre, NAS, Kanye, Snoop, KRS-One, and many, many more. Yeah, I know. I just made myself even MORE interested.
The event is scheduled to start at 7:30 and will be held at the Laemmle Music Hall. Tickets will only cost you $10, but I would hurry and reserve some now rather than waiting to buy them last minute at the door because it looks like they are going fast. There is also an after party after the screening at a restaurant called Smoke (9010 Melrose, just a straight shot up Doheny from Laemmle). The after party is hosted by Woofer and Shake The Hand and will feature DJ sets from Chuck Inglish (Cool Kids), Sean G (Pac Div), and Robert Raimon Roy. Movie guests who bring their Gathr stubs will be able to grab gift bags courtesy of fashion labels Orisue and IMKING!
So if you’re sitting around at your house tonight wondering what in the world you should be doing with your life from 7:30 ’til ?, you should probably check this out. The $10 fee is well worth the price of admission, and you can always watch the new episodes of The League and It’s Always Sunny… tomorrow at work.
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