Though a relatively young genre, it’s arguable that hip hop has been one of the most wide-reaching forms of music in recent memory. The culture is a global phenomenon, giving voice not just to youth, but to those who wouldn’t ordinarily have a creative outlet. The upcoming documentary, “Shake The Dust,” takes a global look at hip hop and how it continues to touch lives.
Executive produced by Nas (who also contributes music, along with Talib Kweli and Common), and directed by Adam Sjoberg, the film travels to Colombia, Yemen, Uganda, Cambodia, and beyond, telling the stories of rappers, DJs, and b-boys, and how hip hop has made an impact. As you’ll see in this clip, some young kids take their moves to the streets of Sana’a, uncertain how they’ll be received in a region where hip hop is still very much underground. But once they show their skills, it doesn’t take long for a crowd to form.
“Shake The Dust” begins a national rollout on May 15th in Los Angeles, to be followed by Houston, Seattle, SF, Chicago, Portland, and more throughout May and June, and will be available on digital platforms as well. Watch below.