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Filmed on mini-DV, the footage is crisp and the editing is sharp. Thirty-one-year-old E. Dante Hinkle, a Florissant resident who works at a Verizon Wireless call center, put the film together using footage gathered over the past four years.
"I wanted to give the world a taste for the music that's going around in this city, outside of what you're used to seeing on TV," Hinkle says. "This is not a diss, because I know these individuals, but coverage is usually just limited to people trying to sound like Nelly and Chingy. I wanted to let folks know that there's a lot more talented folks in this city."
Highlights include a eulogy to late Bits 'N Pieces emcee Katt Davis in the form of a freestyle jam filmed in 2002 in front of Vintage Vinyl and producer Vandalyzm calling out rappers who say they can't afford to pay for beats. "Cats are like, 'You're hot, you're fire,'" he says in the film. "I'm like, 'Cool, I'm not charging that much, my price is pretty cheap.' [They say,] 'Uh, man, I ain't got it.' Thing is, this motherfucker's on the song talking about how much dope he deal, or how big his rims is on his car."
You can also buy the film's soundtrack at Vintage Vinyl. Ben Westhoff