The Classics: ‘Style Wars’

The Classics are must-see, must-read, must-play works revered by The Verge staff. They offer glimpses of the future, glimpses of humanity, and a glimpse of our very souls. You should check them out. Style Wars, a PBS production, was filmed between 1981 and ‘83, largely in the Bronx and Queens. Still cited as a classic piece of hip-hop history, it’s an unnervingly calm movie capturing a particularly delirious moment — a moment replicated so often in throwback movies and rap songs that to see it in the comparatively 1:1 ratio of a documentary film can be jarring.