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Wave: A True Story in Hip Hop

Distributed by Third World Newsreel, 545 Eighth Avenue, Suite 550, New York, NY 10018; 212-947-9277
Produced by Tony Wesley and Brian Bullock
Directed by Tony Wesley and Brian Bullock
DVD, color, 46 min.
Middle School - General Adult
African Americans, Biography, Careers, Dance, Music, Storytelling

Reviewed by Brad Eden, Ph.D., Dean of Library Services, Valparaiso University

Highly Recommended  Highly Recommended   
Date Entered: 1/4/2018

Wave is the story of legendary hip hop artist Tony "Mr. Wave" Wesley, who survived the streets of the Bronx, New York to become a famous break dancer and hip hop artist in the 1980s. He was a member of the NYC Breakers, and star of "Beat Street" and "Graffiti Rock." Wesley uses archival footage and interviews with fellow dancers and hip hop legends to tell the story of his rise from obscurity to performing in front of kings and presidents. This film will be of interest to any college-level course related to modern music/pop/hip hop, as well as high school classes in music or dance. The perspective is obviously biased by the artist himself, since it is an autobiographical film, so caution should be emphasized when screening related to objectivity and bias. There aren't too many films available related to biographical information on early hip hop artists, so in that sense this film is unique.