Paper Chasers is a depiction of the far-flung Hip hop scene, featuring such well-known artists as James Brown, Chuck D., Flavor Flav, Master P., Chris Bridges, and Russell Simmons. The title of the film it is derived from hip-hop terminology for an individual who is pursuing a lucrative goal or career, where paper money would be the reward for great effort. Director Maxie Collier and his crew traveled the United States in pursuit of musical paper chasers - music, art and fashion entrepreneurs both famous and unknown - and were lucky enough to chart the rise of hip hop superstar Ludacris. The film, which contains original music by the London-based music producer Charlie "Parker" Bucknall (57th Dynasty), had its world premiere at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, and was subsequently released on DVD in 2005 by Koch Home Video Entertainment One the and broadcast numerous times on the Independent Film Channel (IFC).
Riding the notoriety of winning the weekly Freestyle Friday rap battle on BET’s 106 and Park for seven consecutive weeks, Jin shattered seemingly insurmountable boundaries and stereotypes by becoming the first Asian American rapper to sign a recording deal with a major label when he signed with Virgin Records (Ruff Ryders). The film follows Jin and his crew as they tour Asia to promote Jin’s debut album, The Rest is History. Along the way, we are treated to a fascinating glimpse into the life of a rapper, as well as the rapidly growing hip hop communities in Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo. The film gained wide acclaim and some shock from screening audiences at the Atlanta Film Festival as they reacted to the startling visage of Jamaican-American promoter Andrew Ballen speaking fluent Chinese on the Shanghai leg of the tour.
The documentary film follows footage filmed by Jessica Grace Mellor, an amateur director and photographer who filmed footage of the band during their early days in 2002, in an attempt to secure them a record deal with a major label. At the time, band members Dappy, Tulisa and Fazer were fourteen, thirteen and fifteen respectively, and had begun working with Garage producer Donna Dee, who helped them create some of their very first tracks, and perform some of their first gigs, and is the person who requested that Grace Mellor film some footage of the band. Footage included in the film includes the band working with Dappy's father and Tulisa's uncle, Byron, performing and mixing material in the studio, as well as interviews with some of the band's label colleagues and well known friends, including Wretch 32, J2K and Angel. The film concludes with a short discussion on the height of the British music industry, and how the band contributed to making the British hip-hop scene better known.
Rafi (Scott Mescudi), a high-end car thief, falls in love with a blind Arabian princess whose father (Ali Suliman) will only allow them to wed if he can pass a series of three challenges. Loosely based on old Arabian folk tales, the story culminates in a final challenge where Rafi must cure the Princess of her blindness in order to gain her companionship.
The Star Wars Gangsta Rap loosely mixes plotlines from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in the Special Edition), satirically recreating several of the more famous scenes and dialogue.
A pair of thugs (one of them wielding a camera) are driving through their neighborhood when they spot a lost pizza deliverer, who one of them recognizes from a few days prior, when he was woken up by the man obnoxiously pounding on the doors of his neighbors. One of the hoods grabs the pizza delivery boy, and takes him into a house, where he physically and verbally abuses the man, and forces him into giving a blowjob. The thug then sodomizes the pizza deliverer, and ejaculates into his face, and onto his chest.
On a normal morning in Gbese, Accra, the FOKN BOIS (rapping duo M3NSA and Wanlov the Kubolor) wake up and plan to go clubbing with some lady friends after chasing an evasive debtor for their money. After getting the money, they set off to blow it off on food, partying and women with hilarious and dramatic consequences. While going through the day, the story highlights real struggles of ordinary young Ghanaians in modern Ghana in spite of the strong elements of humour. Their free-spirited and seemingly conceited attitude makes them a few enemies as the day progresses resulting in a dramatic ending.