There is nothing that the ego trip crew cannot do, and do well, from magazines and books to TV and stage shows. Last year, the gang launched the hip-hop documentary film series Under the Influence of ego trip, and it was such a hit that they returned with Under the Influence of ego trip Pt. 2 in February.
The series, which is co-curated by Andreas Vingaard and screened at Harlem's Maysles Institute, features carefully selected docs either made during or focused on the early hip-hop era. In February, ego trip put people on to Founding Fathers, a controversial doc about the role that DJs, emcees, and promoters in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan played in early hip-hop. In March they hipped them to the the late '80s Philly rap scene in Rap City and the VOS graffiti crew's quest for fame in Writing On The Wall.
The third and final of this year's film programs is tomorrow night (Thursday, April 28) at 7:30 p.m., and it features White Lines And The Fever: The Death Of DJ Junebug (2010) and SBX! Holding Down The Tradition (2005). Ego trip member Chairman Mao explains why you can't miss this double-feature:
White Lines And The Fever: The Death Of DJ Junebug (2010)
"A chronicle of the rise and tragic fall of DJ Junebug—the resident record spinner at famed '70s and '80s BX hip-hop club Disco Fever—White Lines And The Fever features interviews with a plethora of old school legends, including Kurtis Blow, DJ Hollywood, Sweet G, and Fever-owner and proprietor Sal Abbatiello. It's a pretty damn exhilarating and sobering piece of work, with a real emotional core to it, and it deservedly took top prizes at both SXSW and NYC's Tribeca Film Festival last year. Filmmaker Travis Gutierrez Senger, hip-hop pioneer DJ Hollywood, and Sal Abbatiello will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A."
Read ego trip's interview with Disco Fever owner Sal Abbatiello.
Read ego trip's interview with White Lines And The Fever director Travis Gutierrez Senger.
SBX! Holding Down The Tradition (2005)
"Though it features some documentary storytelling elements, SBX! just might be the only truly official hip-hop musical in existence. Part music video, part black comedy, it's a uniquely joyous celebration of the D.I.T.C. crew's contributions to BX hip-hop history—one that plays like Jim Jarmusch meets Busy Berkeley run amok in Patterson Projects. Lord Finesse & Percee P recreate their world famous 1989 battle. A.G. (of Show & A.G.), D-Flow, and the late Party Arty of the Ghetto Dwellas are also featured. There are also special appearances by hip-hop scribe and celebrated author Dave Tompkins as well as acclaimed recording artist, Edan the Humble Magnificent. Filmmaker Jun Ohki and Edan will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A."
Read ego trip's interview with D.I.T.C. member Lord Finesse.
White Lines And The Fever: The Death Of DJ Junebug and SBX! Holding Down The Tradition
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 7:30
343 Lenox Ave. (between 127th & 128th Sts.)
2 or 3 train to 125th St. stop
Suggested donation: $10
Click here to buy tickets.
For more information about Under the Influence of ego trip Pt. 2, visit the Maysles Institute or ego trip Land.