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DOCUMENTARY: Perceptions Of Hip Hop – Is It A Negative Artform?


This year, Rife magazine teamed up with BFI Film Academy’s 2015 class of documentary makers to create four films about life for young people in Bristol.

This week, we turn our view to rap music.

With so much negativity surrounding the public image of hip hop, we took to the streets of Bristol to find out what people think of the artform. We also spoke to film maker Michael Jenkins (8th Sense Media) and rapper Teez about a more positive vision of this popular artform, culture and lifestyle.

Find out what the public and the artists involved feel about hip hop, about rap, about the culture.

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This short documentary was made by young people on the BFI Film Academy programme delivered by Watershed.

The BFI Film Academy Bristol identifies and nurtures young talent (16-19-year-olds) so they have the skills and knowledge to thrive in the film industry.

What do you think? Is hip hop a negative artform? Who are the positive role models in the scene, internationally or locally? Tell us your favourite conscious rap tunes. Talk to us @rifemag