We Were Hyphy Movie Review

Director: Laurence Madrigal 
Narrator: Benjamin Earl Turner
Original Music By: Trackademicks & Tanner Wilkerson
Plot: A love song to the artists, dance, music, slang, clothes and, most importantly of all, the people who came of age during the  Hyphy Movement.

The Documentary will be having its World Premiere beginning April 1-17 virtually through Cinejoy, with the in-person screening taking place at Cinequest 2022 on August 16-29, 2022. 

One of the more fascinating things about watching documentaries is watching ones about stories you didn’t know existed. For example, the Hyphy movement was something that I’ve heard of, but my knowledge of the entire thing was lacking. So, I was excited to dive into this from a perspective of not just learning but understanding.

The story foundation is the Hyphy movement and Laurence Madrigal does what I love with documentaries and lets that be the star of the show. Far too often directors, and even the people within the documentary that speak, turn the conversation. You want people who know about the movement but reeling in the viewers who don’t know about it is even more critical.

I loved understanding that the biggest part of the movement included the gas station. They would show up with their rides and gather together to show off their cars, conversate about things and more. It is crazy to see how they came together in unique ways to build this entire thing.

You watch the struggles these rappers went through because of the lifestyles or the atmosphere they faced every day. We hear these painful stories of how they lost someone along the way and how they struggled to find out why. You can help but see the pain, hear the pain in their voice dealing and adapting. The losses of these people brought power to their movement because they could use it to voice their displeasure with how society treated them.

We saw the build and struggles, but the triumph when the moment Tell Me When To Go dropped and how it changed everything was incredibly rewarding. The way Laurence Madrigal layered this film set this moment in such a rewarding way that put the icing on the cake. The idea that the blood, sweat and tears paid off for so many people is fantastic.

Overall, Hyphy highlights the rise of not just these individuals but a movement of strong men and women that fought hard to get this on the map.

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