Hip-Hop’s early days were on display nationwide and around the world with the 1984 summer release of the film, Beat Street. The culture and all its elements shared equal billing with some of the game’s foundation acts. A lot has changed in Hip-Hop in the past 30 years since the film dropped, but Beat Street continues to hold sway among current masters of the art.
The romance of DJ Kenny “Double K” Kirland and college student Tracy Carlson, played by Guy Davis and Rae Dawn Chong, respectively, becomes the backdrop of the movie. But the real meat of the story was the breakdancing, graffiti and rapping that helps shapes the narrative of the story. Warring b-boys, graffiti “writers” out for fame and more add to the tense drama. Word to Ramo and Spit.
Thirty years after its release, Hip-Hop Wired takes a look back at Beat Street, sharing 11 facts you may not know about the movie.
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