Overview

In 1989, a collective of young artists gathered at a non-descript health food store in gang-infested South Central Los Angeles. Their mandate? To explore the musical boundaries of hip hop and reject gangster rap. THIS IS THE LIFE chronicles the rise and fall of this "family" of African-American street poets, while examining their obstacles to commercial success. They all took different paths but remain connected by the music they made, the alternative hip hop movement they developed, and their worldwide influence on the art form.

  1. Ava DuVernay

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Cut Chemist

    himself

  2. Medusa

    herself

  3. Chali 2na

    himself

  4. Ava DuVernay

    Ava DuVernay

    herself

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This Is the Life
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  • February 8, 2008
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 37m

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