The new film Rubble Kings reveals how an extraordinary group of people changed New York City, bringing peace and a new cultural explosion to the forefront.
The Latin flavor and funky sounds of bongos greeted me as I sat down to watch an advanced screening of Rubble Kings. This highly anticipated documentary chronicles the era of gangs that ruled New York City from 1968 to 1975, battling for power and street credit. But a nonviolent movement that shaped a hip hop culture would soon beat out guns and outlaws, turning to the power of music instead. Benji Melendez and Charlie Suarez of the Ghetto Brothers are the unsung voices that would live to tell it all.
I was immediately mesmerized by this recolonization of the boroughs, as the truth behind bloodshed and artistic victory seeped deep into my pores. Using the media and peaceful politics, the Ghetto Brothers, along with hip hop pioneers like Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc would bare new hope for urban communities that lost it all during a cultural revolution. Block parties, a new ’80s style and hundreds of young men and women who fell victim to failed visions, would rise above systematic oppression and change New York City forever.
Narrated by John Leguizamo, with appearances by DJ Red Alert, Jazzy Jay and many more, this documentary vividly captures the South Bronx, the ever beautiful flower that continues to bloom amidst the concrete jungle.
Want to know more about these extraordinary pioneers? Rubble Kings is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other online platforms. Check out the trailer below.