Pick Up the Mic: The Revolution of HomohopDirector: Alex Hinton
Rap is a musical form that (at least in terms of its most popular artists) has long been dominated by strong and angry male voices, most of whom display a deep and aggressive machismo in their boastful, verbally combative lyrics. More than a few noted rappers have revealed bitterly homophobic attitudes in their verses (as well as less than enlightened perspectives on women), but what many mainstream hip-hop fans don't know is there is a growing underground music scene in which gay and lesbian artists are putting a new spin on rap. Pick Up the Mic is a documentary which profiles the rise of queer hip-hop, examining a wide range of lyricists and DJs ranging from transgendered Caucasian Katastrophe to the deep-soulful California crew Deep Dickollective. In additional to offering a diverse range of viewpoints and both music and the gay and lesbian experience, the film presents a range of performances, from the conscious verse of Dutchboy to the proto-gangster swagger of Deadlee. Pick Up the Mic is the first feature-length documentary from filmmaker Alex Hinton, who earlier focused on the gay punk scene in his film Queercore.
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- PLANET JANICE FILMS
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- [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Cast & Crew
|Marcus Rene Van||Participant|
|Tim'm T. West||Participant|
|Bret Berg||Associate Producer,Camera Operator|
|Stephen Nemeth||Executive Producer|
|Scott Rader||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Charles Solomon||Executive Producer|
2. No Fagz Allowed [4:52]
3. Rainbow Flava [4:01]
4. Peace Out World Homohop Festival [2:45]
5. Juba Kalamka & Deep Dickollective [4:04]
6. Tim'm T. West [3:57]
7. Tim'm Meets Fukwon [6:21]
8. Jenro [4:27]
9. Katastrophe [7:40]
10. The Urban Hermitt & Marcus Rene Van [4:42]
11. Miss Money Meets Dutchboy [10:03]
12. Dutchboy & Lea [2:07]
13. Paradigm & Peace Out East [2:37]
14. Aggracyst [2:50]
15. Qboy & Gayhiphop.com [3:40]
16. Tori Fixx [4:35]
17. Johnny Dangerous [:15]
18. God-Des [6:12]
19. Community [10:34]
Coming Out Stories
Cazwell - "Too Much Sugar in Ya"
Deadlee - "Suck My Gun"
Deadlee - "My Partner Drastiko"
Katastrophe and the Urban Hermitt - "Transitioning"
Katastrophe and the Urban Hermitt - "Pronouns"
Miss Money - "Dutchboy, The Funky Bisexual"
Qboy - "A Bit More Everything"
DJ Ross Hogg - "DJ Touble Token"
Scream Club "It's All About Being Gaysymmetrical"
Shanté Paradigm - "The Raptivist"
Soce, The Elemental Wizard - "I Am So Gay"
Tim'm T. West - "That's So Gay"
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