This is the Life
In 2008, Ava Duvernay, presented "This is the Life" to the world. A labor of love, Duvernay gives the viewers of this film a glimpse into what this early 90's LA Hip-Hop scene was about.
The film centers around the spot that brought so many talented artists together, The Good Life Cafe in South Central, LA. The film documents a scene of artists coming together and showing love and positivity at a time when all that was associated with LA Hip-Hop was "Gangsta Rap."
Duvernay shines the light on some underground legends, like Myka 9, Medusa, P.E.A.C.E., Abstract Rude, Aceyalone, 2Mex, Riddlore, Chali Tuna, Cut Chemist, Ellay Khule and many more.
The beauty of the film is its presentation of underground art, made by artists, for artists. Duvernay himself was an MC at the Good Life--his film conveys the enjoyment of experiencing true creativity on the mic.
Watch the development and evolution of the Good Life Cafe scene in the Project Blowed scene, which is still going strong today. See what I'm talking about here.