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MN Premiere of "Hustlers Convention"

  • Trylon microcinema 3258 Minnehaha Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55406 United States (map)

Sound Unseen is proud to present the MN Premiere of "Hustlers Convention" a film by director Mike Todd and executive producer Chuck D (Public Enemy).

Date: Weds. April 13, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Trylon microcinema
Tickets: $10



Hustlers Convention tells the story of the 1973 album of the same name. While largely forgotten by history, it is regarded as a cornerstone in the evolution of Hip Hop. Its creator, Lightnin’ Rod, aka Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets, is affectionately known in some circles as ‘The Grandfather of Rap’ for his contribution to the genre.

The album is an epic rhymed story of a fast-talking hustler by the name of Sport. The music is provided by Kool & the Gang and Buddy Miles among many others. It is a street tale of card sharks, gamblers, dope peddlers and thieves. The likes of Melle Mel and Fab 5 Freddy can still recite it word for word. Wu Tang, the Beastie Boys and Jungle Brothers have all paid homage to it.

The documentary, is conceived as a way to tell the story, perhaps for the first time, of the true roots of rap.

Directed by Mike Todd
Executive Producer, Chuck D (Public Enemy)
2015, DCP, Runtime: 91:50, USA