Preview Emily Kai Bock’s New York Rap Documentary

Emily Kai Bock, the Montreal-based director behind Grimes’ “Oblivion” video and one of FADER’s 12 to Watch in 2013, profiled Mykki Blanco, Angel Haze and Pro Era member C.J. Fly in a documentary about New York rap, premiering this week online and at the Sundance Film Festival. The film’s a part of New American Noise, a six-part series about music scenes across America, funded by Nokia, set to air on the Sundance Channel. What’s above is just a short taste of Kai Bock’s episode, via Nowness, but it’s really a pleasure to watch. Bock’s pans are patient and dreamy, seen from the perspective of the quietly wide-eyed friend at the side of the huddle, and their warmth suits the rappers’ mushy voiceovers about the renewed vitality of rap’s underground. For more on Bock’s subjects, read FADER’s Angel Haze feature and watch FADER TV’s starring Blanco and C.J. Fly, below.

POSTED January 16, 2013 12:21PM IN ART+CULTURE VIDEO, MUSIC VIDEO Comments (4) TAGS: , , , ,




  1. Marlon Cole says:

    Brilliantly shot.

  2. Will says:

    This looks so damn good. Emily’s one of the better contemporary directors/visualists, and she’s only geting better.

    Looking forward to the full episode and the others in this series. And this covers some of the better NYC rappers still coming up.

  3. jaded new yorker says:

    Beautifully shot and makes me anxious for the warm weather to return to the city but damn, an NY rap doc full of rappers who aren’t from NY. I wish I was surprised. Quality artists all around regardless.

  4. coco says:

    emily’s steadycam adventures in the ghetto, sponsored by nokia. yawn.