A documentary by Dan Forrer exploring the birth of hip hop in the 1970s. Narrated by Gene Simmons, the film tells the story of the origins of contemporary rap by exploring the artists that helped to lay the groundwork for this new musical art form.
Kino Lorber Releases Sample This,
a documentary about the birth of hip hop
narrated by Gene Simmons, on DVD on December 10th
"The music is incredible! Unearths some of the hidden history of American pop." - Chris Packham, Village Voice"Manna from heaven to pop culture devotees!" - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14, 2013 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the DVD release of Sample This, a documentary by Dan Forrer exploring the birth of hip hop in the 1970s. Narrated by Gene Simmons, the film tells the story of the origins of contemporary rap by exploring the artists that helped to lay the groundwork for this new musical art form.
The DVD is set to street on December 10th with a SRP of $24.95.
Sample This is the true story of how unknown music producer Michael Viner brought together the greatest studio musicians of the 1970's to create an album that ultimately went nowhere... until the summer of 1973, when DJ Herc took the percussion breaks from that obscure album and extended them by playing them back to back. His beats became an anthem on the streets of the Bronx and ultimately the genre of Hip Hop, becoming one of the most sampled tracks in history and used by artists from Will Smith and Missy Elliot to Amy Winehouse and Jay-Z.
Narrated by Gene Simmons, Sample This shows where contemporary rap comes from and how seemingly unrelated people and apparently random events set the stage for greatness.
Director: Dan Forrer
Street date: December 10, 2013
DVD SRP: $24.95
Aspect Ratio: 16x9, 1.78:1
Running time: 83 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
PROPINQUITY FILMS Presents A DAN FORRER Film "SAMPLE THIS"
Narrated by GENE SIMMONS Original Score by PERRY BOTKIN JR. Featuring AHMIR KHALIB THOMPSON KING ERRISSON JERRY BUTLER FREDA PAYNE GRANDMASTER CAZ MELLE MEL ROOSEVELT GRIER AFRIKA BAMBAATAA
Director of Photography PHILIP HURN Edited by MICHAEL LEVINE Associate Producers SEAN LALLA TARA LARSEN
Produced by BOB BURRIS Written and Directed by DAN FORRER
With a library of 800 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including four Academy Award(R) nominated films in the last six years. In addition, the company brings over 70 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases under its 5 house brands, distributes a growing number of third party labels, and is a direct digital distributor to all major platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon and others.