Krush Groove and Wild Style Sept. 14 at AFI Silver Theatre

Yo! MTV Raps didn’t hit the air until 1988; prior to that, much of the world had to rely on film for extended looks at hip-hop culture. Wild Style, with its South Bronx viewpoint, paved the way in 1983. In 1985, Krush Groove told the story of a fictional New York record label that looked and sounded a lot like Def Jam. Seeing them back-to-back will heighten the sense that a lot happened in America during the two years between their release dates: Wild Style feels like a ‘70s film with a whole new beat, while Krush Groove is obviously a child of the ‘80s, right down to the turquoise polo shirt sported by LL Cool J in his first feature-film appearance.

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