There is a generation of rap fans that largely listens to rap music made by artists that are now middle-aged, have children, wives and mortgages. You know, normal adult stuff and admittedly a lot of those listeners, but by no means all, also fit that description. This is not because they suddenly decided to take up rap while having a midlife crisis but because they have been recording music for decades since their teens and their fans have grown with them. There are also clearly ‘adult rappers’ who refuse to grow up and that’s alright too, each to their own. Now a documentary, that you can rent right now on Vimeo, called Adult Rappers (trailers below) takes a very in-depth and interesting look at independent working class hip hop musicians. Incorporating over 30 interviews with ‘adult rappers’, it explores a largely untouched topic despite us constantly hearing about older musicians who are making rock music into their 60s. The documentary features the likes of Esoteric, Homeboy Sandman, Soul Khan, R.A. The Rugged Man, J-Zone and a whole lot more.
The film spotlights independent artists struggling to find a balance between making a living and pursuing their art alongside the never-ending saga of age and relevance.
The documentary is the brainchild of visual content creator Paul Iannacchino Jr. and is available on demand to rent via Vimeo for only $0.99 or £0.69 if you’re in the UK. You can barely buy a can of cola for that sort of change these days so head over to the documentary page and give it a watch. It will be available to purchase on 17th May 2015.