Ireland’s Rappers Revealed initially produced by Ronin Films for RTÉ and then acquired by BBC 3 & broadcasting throughout July. Reviews:
Time Out: Pick of the Day: Four stars ****
Guardian: Pick of the Day
What it says on the tin: a doc focussing on the burgeoning Irish rap scene. As the economy has nose-dived, the disaffected youth of the republic have vented their frustrations in rhyme. Well, some have. Groups such as the Class A’z have no deal but ply their trade from club to club in Dublin’s underground scene, gathering an online audience with songs such as Guns of Dublin and Honest Bullshit. Unfortunately for them, though, they couldn’t look less like pop stars. But are they delusional gangsta wannabes or an authentic voice of the street? You decide. JNR
Ireland’s economic recession has caused a boom in one of the unlikeliest sectors of the music industry – Irish rap. This no-holds-barred film follows bands such as the Class A’z as they tour Dublin’s working-class clubs trying to find an audience amongst the country’s disaffected youth. Despite millions of internet hits the band remain unsigned and competition for dwindling audiences has led to feuds and fights amongst rival rappers. This is a warm-hearted film about growing up as a rapper in Ireland and the struggle to find fame in a genre that is frequently ridiculed.
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