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Today In Hip-Hop: ‘Krush Groove’ Was Released

On this day, October 25, in hip-hop history…


1985: Few films are as intensely tied in with hip-hop culture as Michael Schultz’ seminal 1985 film, Krush Groove. A semi-biographical film based on Def Jam founder Russell Simmons and his experiences with building the iconic rap label, the movie was released into theaters on October 25, 1985. The film follows a young record promoter Russell Walker – a young Blair Underwood playing a proxy for Simmons – as he attempts to get his label, Krush Groove, off the ground in the early 1980s. The fim features cameos from a laundry list of old school hip-hop stars such as Run-DMC, The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and The Fat Boys playing versions of themselves.  Over the film’s 28-year existence, it has ascended into the pantheon of hip-hop-based cinema due to it’s historical  nature, subject matter and numerous cameos.

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