Beat Street – Breaker’s Revenge
So it’s 1984 and Beat Street is released. It was the era, a time of funky electro-breaks and synths that many of us were spinning around to or watching others do some of the most amazing things on cardboard or linoleum.
Breakin’ and pop lockin’, two things I could never do was the popular thing to do set to this style of music.
The movie itself featured early likes of Doug E. Fresh, Afrika Bambaataa, The Treacherous Three which included a very young Ice T, Saundra Santiago who’d go on to fame in Miami Vice, Kool Moe Dee, The System, Brenda K. Starr, Scorpio, Melle Mel, Tina B and others who’d go on to be the pioneers of both hip-hop and Freestyle.
Filmed in all the Burroughs of NYC, some of the plot line was based on the New York City graffiti documentary, Style Wars. Most visibly, the antagonist, Spit, in Beat Street was lifted from the real-life graffiti artist CAP MPC, who was portrayed in Style Wars. It was screened out of competition at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival
With a cast lead by Tommy Chong’s (Cheech & Chong) daughter Rae Dawn Chong, the movie was released in June of 1984 featuring an amazing soundtrack put together by U.S. Dance Music Hall of Fame producer/artist Arthur Baker along with Harry Belafonte and keyboarist/musician, the late Webster Lewis who had hits like Kemo-Kimo and Give Me Some Emotion in the early 80’s.
The movie would go on to gross over 16 million dollars