If you’re a fan of 80’s hip hop, then get ready to be all in your feelings. The old school hip hop film, Krush Groove, is now officially 30 years old, as it was released today back in 1985. The feature film became a cult classic within hip hop culture, as it was based loosely off of Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin’s beginning days of building the Def Jam label. Russell’s character is portrayed by Blair Underwood, who becomes the focus of the film as he runs into artists such as Run DMC, The Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, and eventually strikes up a romantic relationship with singer Sheila E.
The film also features the likes of LL Cool J, who appears in a scene where he auditions to join the Def Jam label at the time, as he was one of their first signed artists in real life. Kurtis Blow, who had been in the game almost a full decade at that point, became that of veteran status to the members of Run DMC, who seeked to build up their fan base, and get their first big arena gig in the film. At the time, the group had already been majorly successful in real time. The movie is a prime example of the music industry in the 1980’s, and the increasing popularity of hip hop, especially in New York City.
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