Recycling within literature, architecture, the internet and art is all the rage. But that doesn’t make it any less delicate an issue. On one hand, creatives prefer to keep the sources of their samples secret because they don’t want to be imitated, while on the other hand there’s always the threat of a court case for violation of copyright.
Documentary maker Mike Redman himself has very loose criteria and repeatedly lards his films with knowing video and audio winks. He managed to get pioneers like Afrika Bambaata, Public Enemy, DJ Premier, DJ Shadow, Jazzy Jeff, Madlib and many others in front of his camera in an unorthodox way. They converse with jazz and funk greats such as Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Larry Graham and Idris Muhammad. The film primarily focuses on the creative aspect, bridging the gap between different musical generations, and is already a valuable document for the future.