3 Skimmin’ the Phat: Players, Poets, and Professionals, 1996–2005
Skimmin’ the Phat: Players, Poets, and Professionals, 1996–2005
In the dramatic film 8 Mile (2002), the troubled life of the character, Rabbit (Eminem), right, finds validation through rhymes and rhythm when facing one of his enemies. Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
As the “hood films” began to ebb in the late 1990s, Hollywood expanded its presentation of hip-hop culture on the screen. The sobering, nihilistic gangsta images of black men running lawlessly through the inner city had reached its saturation point for theatrically released films, though they still found life in the straight-to-video market. Hollywood wanted to maintain the youth market, but there was a preference for fresh depictions to provide for that audience. ← 51 | 52 →
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