Official trailer for the documentary film “American Rapstar” about Lo-Fi rappers
by Alex Billington
September 2, 2022
“What young people expect from pop culture is not what old people expect from pop culture…” Utopia has released a trailer for a music documentary titled American rap star, which originally premiered in 2020 at a few major documentary festivals. It finally opens on VOD in October. A new scene of troubled, lo-fi young rappers emerged from using the SoundCloud streaming platform to quickly become the most culturally disruptive force in hip hop, shocking the world with their exuberant antics, use of prescription drugs, face tattoos and tons of rebels. punk energy. Justin Staple’s new doc American rap star chronicles how these artists, including Smokepurpp, Lil Xan, XXXTentacion, Lil Peep, and Bhad Bhabie, destabilized the music industry, tested the boundaries of pop culture, and blazed their own unique roads. On the one hand, these artists seem overly ridiculous. On the other hand, it sounds like an honest doc that digs more into modern music culture and the Gen Z rap scene than expected. It’s not just another flaky piece.
Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Justin Staple’s doc american rapperdirectly from YouTube:
A new scene of troubled, lo-fi young rappers has emerged from Trump’s America, using the SoundCloud streaming platform to quickly become the most culturally disruptive force in hip hop, shocking the world with their exuberant antics, l using prescription drugs, facial tattoos and full of rebellious punk energy. We examine the biggest stars of the SoundCloud rap scene within culture and place them in a larger musical context to try to understand how we got here and where we are going. american rapper is directed by the producer/filmmaker Justin Staple, making his directorial debut with this film after a few shorts and other TV projects before. Produced by Kerstin Emhoff and Braxton Pope. This originally premiered at the CPH:DOX and DOC NYC film festivals in 2020. Utopia will debut american rapper with a global screening of virtual films on October 4, 2022 Going through AltaVOD with exclusive bonus content, as well as a regular VOD release from October 11 this autumn. Who’s for that?