The Root Interview: Dream Hampton

Jay-Z's co-author talks with The Root's Rebecca Walker about the artist; his book, Decoded; and her own plans.

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TR: What are you working on now?  

DH: Besides the essay I'm writing for the anthology you're editing on black cool, I'm writing Industry Rules with Q-Tip. Tip is an amazing storyteller and represents so much of what is beautiful about hip-hop. I'm also peddling my first feature-length documentary, showing up with a DVD in my pocket and screening where I'm invited.

It's [been] shown at Lincoln Center in NYC, D.C., Detroit and Chicago, and I'm willing to show it anywhere folks want to see it. It's called The Black August Hip Hop Project and is about the benefit concert the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement produces to raise awareness of political prisoners and exiles in and from the U.S. It stars Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez and Assata Shakur.

Rebecca Walker writes frequently for The Root.

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