GRAFFITI VERITE' 8 (GV8) THE FIFTH ELEMENT: The Art of the Beat-Boxer
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"Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion which primarily involves the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue and voice. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments."---Wikipedia. Org
Los Angeles, CA -- Long before (and after) the tired beat machines that usted to crank out mechanical, predigested, synthetic, "soulless" percussive rhythms...there was the singular and quintessential "Human Beat Boxer."
The Human Beat-Boxer stood before and alongside the MC in the center of the Cypher and mesmerized the faithful with his or her blended virtuoso street performance. Lying within the magical toolbox of the Beat-Boxer are an array of personalized and unique mixed bag of clicks, drum sounds, scratches, bass lines beats, trumpets, cymbals, guitar riffs, screams and other indescribable noizes..
The audiences' soulful "head-nod" is the first affirmation of the "death-of-silence" which is always the first casualty, whenever "Tha Show" is in effect.
Combining these dynamic throat-based effects is to create a "wall of sound" that pays a distinct & living homage to the sacred "Boom-Bap", which is the literal heart & soul, and the underbelly of ole' school Hip-Hop.
The job of the Human Beat-Boxer is to compose the flawless soundscape "the music" with which he and the MC together can rock the mics creating the perfect circle.
GV8 THE FIFTH ELEMENT: THE ART OF THE BEAT BOXER documentary is directed by multi award-winning director Bob Bryan. Take a glimpse at the art form & peep the process from the humble master Beat-Box practitioners . It's their time to shine...
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"definitely dope. Surprising !" ---Chesney Snow, Co-Founder of the World Beatbox Association "It (GV8 The Fifth Element) creates for the viewer a rare peek inside an intimate conversation with established beatboxing artists. Very informative for those whose interest is on overload by the re-emergence of The Art of Beatbox." -----Chesney Snow, Co-Founder of the World Beatbox Association
The Art of the Beat Box, oh what a remarkable concept of music. Who could have imagined that the oral cavity of a human could create such a dynamic cacophony of tones, moans & groans? This uncanny head-banging, tongue-twisting, lip-flapping, deep-burping, nose-blowing symphonic composition is truly an art form of rarity and originality. Once again Hip-Hop has spawned a revolutionary genre of music that is true to the game. You see, Beat-Boxing was birth on the streets of NYC for rappers who desired music to kick a rhyme when there was no music available. When an MC infused his/her rap with the bobbing & weaving of a Beat-Boxer, it took the soulful experience to another level. What GV8 reveals to us is that these musicians/artist improvised by using what God gave them; the ability to mimic sounds that an electronic device (The Beat- Box) produced for a whopping fee of $200 or more. The Human Beat-Boxer manipulates his nose, throat & mouth to create tribal rhythms that will have you wondering How s he doing that? By emulating percussions and bass he is able to set the mood emotionally. What this film, GV8 THE FIFTH ELEMENT does is allows you to respect the talent that so few possess. It s a discipline that requires breath control and stamina. In order to master this craft one must be a good listener which will allow you to distinguish the crescendos you are producing. Thanks to this footage you can appreciate such artist as Rahzel, Doug E Fresh, Biz Markie and Darren Robinson the Human Beat Box (The Fat Boys), these Kats have earned their respect as pioneers of this magnificent art form. The one thing they all share and recognize is that scatting is a form of vocalism which is not of Hip-Hop so therefore it is not Beat-Boxing. Let us give a big shout-out to Bobby McFerrin, who is dope but he is not a Beat-Boxer; he is a Vocal Percussionist. Once again, film Producer, Bob Bryan has captured the pure essence of what Hip-Hop is all about and frankly speaking if he didn t bring this movie to the forefront I would ve been one of those who might have gotten it twisted . --Review by Troy Pappy Johnson, writer
The Art of the Beat-Boxer is a Bryan World Productions, LLC on the art of Beat-Boxing, which brings you into the world of a how-to, if you will, on Beat-Boxing. How to interpret, how to distinguish and even how to Beat-Box. Since art often imitates life and vice versa, it s not hard to tell that Beat-Boxing comes from the heart of Hip-Hop. Bryan brings artists such as Pretty Chi, Joshua Silverstein, Click 88, DJ Ethos, Rachel Kahn, Johnny Chavarrio, and Janssen, out of the crevices of Hip-Hop internationally, to demonstrate and describe this rarely well-delivered art form; out of the shadows of the likes of Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh, and into the limelight, to demonstrate this striking art-form, in all its magnificence. The Art of the Beat-Boxer is a "how-to" for any aspiring Beat-Boxer, who wants to learn step-by-step technique, as well as the knowledge involved, in order to achieve Beat-Boxing from the heart. This is also the ideal documentary for the die-hard Hip-Hop head, on a quest for insight from other heads who truly appreciate and respect this art form. Delivering Hip-Hop emotions and using breath control is how Click 88 and Silverstein talked about the art of Beat Box, while demonstrating how this oral yet non-verbal muscular exercise comes about. Watching this Hip-Hop-umentary had me feeling a tad bit different about Beat-Box; it affected me unlike any other doc, but just as much as a Beat-Boxing cipher in Washington Square Park, on a hot summer afternoon. The difference between vocal percussion artists and Beat-Boxers is something that is more than clear: Beat-Boxing comes from a further distance than the lips, but is a heart-felt, meaningful exercise of jolting the senses and peaking one s insight and curiosity. More than spit and noise, more than a moment where people stop and stare in amazement. Beat-Boxing taps into major emotions of places unknown, like the primal African drum. The Art of the Beat-Boxer is a timeless narrative not to be overlooked. --By Marsha Lewis (OceanK.), Author
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