The Hip Hop Project

The Hip Hop Project

Chris "Kharma Kazi" Rolle
Director: Matt Ruskin Cast: Chris "Kharma Kazi" Rolle
Chris "Kharma Kazi" Rolle
, Christopher "Cannon" Mapp
Christopher "Cannon" Mapp
, Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons
Matt Ruskin

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Chris Rolle was born into poverty in the Bahamas and found himself forced to fend for himself as a child when he was abandoned by his mother. Rolle came to America in his teens but soon found himself homeless on the mean streets of Brooklyn, NY. Rolle had a natural talent as a rapper, and had the good fortune of meeting Scott K. Rosenberg, who was the founder of Art Start, an organization that brings arts education to New York City's underprivileged. Encouraged by his contacts at Art Start, Rolle began developing a potent reputation as rapper Kharma Kazi, and soon he came to realize he wanted to give back to the community that helped lift him out of poverty. With the help of Art Start, Rolle helped found The Hip Hop Project, a workshop for aspiring hip-hop artists. Instead of simply teaching aspiring rappers about rhyming techniques or microphone handling, Rolle and his crew urged them to use rap as a way to speak out about the issues they face in their daily lives rather than rhyming about violence, sex, bling, and the gangsta lifestyle. In time, hip-hop powerhouse Russell Simmons partnered up with movie star Bruce Willis to donate a recording studio to the group, thus enabling the musicians to record and release their own record, HHP Vol. 1: Are You Feelin' Me?, issued in May 2007. The Hip Hop Project is a documentary about Rolle and The Hip Hop Project crew that offers a behind-the-scenes look at their work and their impact on a group of young people eager to hone their musical skills. The film received its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2010
UPC: 0014381635829
Original Release: 2006
Source: Image Entertainment
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 60,978

Special Features

Making of The Hip Hop Project; Kazi meets his father; Deleted scenes; Additional performances; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris "Kharma Kazi" Rolle Participant
Christopher "Cannon" Mapp Participant
Russell Simmons Participant
Diana "Princess" Lemon Participant
Robin "Kheperah" Kearse Participant
Bruce Willis Participant
Sway Participant
Doug E. Fresh Participant

Technical Credits
Matt Ruskin Director,Camera Operator,Editor,Producer
Samantha Carroll Associate Producer
Elsie Choi Co-producer
Michelle Clarke Associate Producer
Shakim Compere Executive Producer
Janina B. Czerewin Associate Producer
Yolanda Ferraloro Musical Direction/Supervision
Ari J. Issler Associate Producer,Cinematographer
Michelle McElroy Co-producer
Nicole Nelch Associate Producer
Q-Tip Associate Producer
Queen Latifah Executive Producer
Relic Score Composer
Chris "Kharma Kazi" Rolle Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Rosenberg Producer
Mona Scott Executive Producer
Melissa Van Allen Associate Producer
Bruce Willis Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hip Hop Project
1. The Program [6:36]
2. The People [8:48]
3. What Would You Say? [6:10]
4. Self-Development [4:40]
5. Album Pre-Production [7:22]
6. Personal Stories [14:34]
7. Roots [5:21]
8. Hard Work [10:01]
9. Album Mixing & Mastering [3:47]
10. Healing [8:17]
11. Passing the Baton [6:06]
12. End Credits [3:21]
13. Chapter 13 [:00]

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