Earlier on today, documentary director Robert Lopuski (who was the creative force behind the Kanye and Jay Z doc Watch The Throne) dropped 9 and a half minute project focusing on the spiritual elements of New York City’s younger Hip Hop scene. The doc, entitled “We’re Gonna Be Lords” focuses on four well known artists and groups, including Brooklyn’s Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers, Manhattan’s Le1f and Queens rapper Action Bronson. Splicing together interviews, live-show footage and dramatised scenes with religious chants and contemporary Hip Hop, Lopuski has created an ethereal and spiritual atmosphere as a backdrop to the relating of the artist’s stories from their own mouths.
By examining the history of the artists alongside highlighting their current mindsets and aspirations, the documentary paints an engaging picture of New York’s current Hip Hop scene and how it influences lifestyle.
The documentary explores the motivation behind wanting to become a Hip Hop artist, and as Lopuski says himself: “there’s this almost transcendent quality of being nobody in pursuit of something great — the idea of becoming a Lord… It felt fragile but charged, raw, dream-like, ritualistic […] And yet, these artists are true examples of the simple pursuit of creative expression.”
We’re all aware of the intoxicating influence of Hip Hop music on the younger generations (as is usually represented in terms of drug use, violence and sexual misconduct by the pagan media), so this is a refreshing insight into how this genre has and can positively engage the spiritual selves of future generations.
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