By RFT Music
By Drew Ailes
By Bob McMahon
By Allison Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By Carolina de Busto
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
In the past, the RFT has written about your work as a filmographer, including your documentary projects The Rink, about the rollerskating lifestyle in St. Louis, and The Man with the Golden Horn, about Oliver Sain. How have things progressed since, and what projects or events of yours can we look forward to in the near future?
I'm working on a new movie called Background Check: The Story of St. Louis Hip-Hop from 1979 to 1995. I hit a wall with The Man with the Golden Horn. It's not that I'm not going to finish it. I've got a lot of information just sitting, but I realized that it'd be easier to do a film dealing with the musical aspect that I have on St. Louis because I know the people, the people know me and I've got my own background history. One of the problems I'm having with that is that a lot of people do not have product of themselves as far as pictures, film footage or video footage. That's what makes a documentary.
The current project is moving at a pace where I need it to move faster. It's basically so many interviews and so much information. People have no idea how many artists were in St. Louis, and I can't get to all of them. There are 90 people I've interviewed for this movie, including DJs, break-dancers, MCs, record-store owners, promoters and fans of hip-hop — a whole abundance of people. I'm trying to make it where it's like the world will know that St. Louis had a background foundation in hip-hop prior to 2000. You know, we were onto "Rapper's Delight" before most of the country was.