'Big Fun in the Big Town': Rap Film on DVD

The Root Recommends: A rare Dutch documentary on 1980s New York hip-hop that gets a long-awaited release.

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During a weeklong trip to New York in 1986, Dutch filmmaker Bram Van Splunteren had a mission: to document the phenomenon of a subculture hardly heard of across the pond in Europe: hip-hop.

With several phone numbers and a camera crew in tow, Splunteren traversed the city's five boroughs in search of examples of the then-burgeoning genre. He landed priceless interviews with some of today's legendary rap figureheads -- including LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, Biz Markie, the rap trio Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash -- in the early part of their careers.

More than 25 years after Splunteren's eventful journey to the Big Apple, his footage makes its commercial debut in Big Fun in the Big Town, which was released on DVD on May 22.

Big Fun in the Big Town is a must-have for rap aficionados of all generations.

Previous recommendation: 'Gordon Parks: 100 Years' Debuts in NY.

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