|Cast: ||Forbon N'zakimuena, Maxiline Tamko|
|Crew: ||Producers: Richard Dailey - Cinematographer: Bruno Herlin - Editor: Richard Dailey|
Hip hop is everywhere in France and has been since soon after it first appeared in NYC in the 1980s . Slamming or free-style rapping has since put down deep roots here and evolved into a vibrant verbal ecosystem for political, social and self-expression. In 2011, in the best gonzo documentary film tradition and on a minuscule budget, Afterart Productions put together a slam/free-style contest to explore this cultural phenomenon. The goal was to see what America looks like from within the French ghetto and to show Americans what happens when their popular culture is adopted in another country. The first prize was a 7-day all expenses paid trip to NYC.Princeps, a 20-year-old French slammer and beat-boxer, won hands down, and this film documents the contest and our trip to NYC. Princeps was a total mystery - he had won the contest, but who was he? How would this French kid of Congolese origins react to the greatest city in the world and the home of hip hop? How would you feel if one day you were rapping and beat-boxing with your friends on street corners in the Paris ghetto, and the next day you were on a plane for the first time in your life, heading for NYC, and having your experiences documented? We hope you enjoy the ride.
Richard Dailey is an American writer, artist, film maker based in Paris, France.