War of Words
Warning: explicit language! What started as an internet phenomenon is now in the streets, bars and even in major arenas: the noble art of verbal humiliation. Rap without brakes. The culture clash between the latest generation of American and British battle rappers is its entertaining highlight.
A besuited teacher versus a 17-year-old schoolboy. Unlikely opponents in a contemporary British battle rap that has its roots in the American East Coast hip-hop scene. Perhaps it was darker there, but just like back in the day, the modern version is about verbally intimidating your opposition. War of Words energetically portrays the largest subculture in British hip-hop.
The films centres around rap champions Marlo and Shuffle T, who look more like internet nerds than tough hip-hop guys, as they prepare for battle against Detroit legends Marv Won and Quest McCody. Top British rappers explain how their scene developed and took off. From the squares and alleyways in front of two people to proper venues where everyone – young, old, poor, rich, white, black, male or female – is appreciated as long as they obey the scene’s unwritten rules.
The screening of War of Words will include a preview of The Devil in the Disco, which explores the life of Bernard Fevre, a self-taught French composer, library music creator and the mind behind the Black Devil Disco Club.