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  • Summary: From Executive Producers Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, The Hip Hop Project is the compelling story of Kazi a formerly homeless teenager who inspired a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery. (ThinkFilm) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Kazi is a bundle of energy, and the film touches on an important and often-overlooked issue: The commercial pressure that is often brought to bear on rappers to be scurrilous and offensive. This project, which was produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, shows that there is another way.
  2. 75
    The story is compelling enough that even glib phrases like "healing through hip-hop" can't drag it down.
  3. The film works best when it pays specific attention to how hard it is to write a rhyme worth hearing.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    A beat-driven, inspirational organism that develops and blossoms along with its subjects, "Word.Life" tells the story of a once-homeless Brooklynite who prods, pushes and propels his aspiring young rappers to think first and rhyme later.
  5. Although it often feels more like a promotional tool than an objective documentary, there is no denying the emotional resonance propelling Matt Ruskin's first feature.
  6. While their stories are well worth telling, first-time director Ruskin fails to shape his material into the dynamic film it might have been.
  7. 50
    Ultimately, The Hip Hop Project is all raggedy rhythm and long-winded discourse, a tuneless song in search of a hook.

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