This past June, Beat Street, an iconic (and now slightly outdated) film highlighting early hip hop culture, celebrated its 30th anniversary. Now, you can be a part of the celebration with a special screening of the film on August 16. The movie tends to get overlooked in favor of movies like Breakin (which also dropped 1984, a month before Beat Street), Krush Groove, and more.
However, Beat Street effectively introduced viewers to the likes of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, a b-boy collective that paved the way for breakdancing as a worldwide respected art form. The movie also made a point to properly showcase cultural elements such as graffiti, DJing, and rapping. Beat Street also boasts appearances from the likes of artists such as Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee and the Treacherous Three, Afrika Bambaataa, and more.
The screening of the movie will take place at Mi Tierra, on Pitkin Avenue between Berriman Street and Shepard Avenue in the East New York section of Brooklyn, starting at 9 pm. It’s free for everyone, so roll through to check out an accurate look into hip hop’s storied past.