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Style Wars was the first hip-hop documentary

Director Tony Silver and producer Henry Chalfant’s 1983 documentary Style Wars was the first documentary on hip-hop culture. Style Wars first premiered on PBS in 1983, the documentary focused on the hip-hop element graffiti but also included the remaining hip-hop elements, DJing, MCing, and breakdancing that was developing in New York City during the late ’70s and early ’80s.

Style Wars won the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival.

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