"The people inStyle Wars
weren't conscious of the fact they were starting a movement," says Bernard Freeman, a.k.a. Bun B. The Houston rapper chose the 1983 documentary, which chronicles the rise of hip-hop from the urban underground of New York, to introduce at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's series "Movies Houstonians Love." Bun B is best known for his 2005 releaseTrill
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, which went to number six on the Billboard charts.
He says Style Wars shows the culture in its purest form. "At that time, you just really see the innocence of hip-hop. You really get to see a lot of people just doing what they love for the love of it." And although hip-hop has become bigger than the makers of Style Wars probably ever imagined, there's still a lot of misconceptions about the genre. "People think hip-hop was built on and based on violence when it's actually the total opposite," says Bun. "As opposed to fighting, cats could break dance and nobody got hurt at the end of the day." See what else Bun B has to say when he introduces Style Wars at 7 p.m. 1001 Bissonnet. For tickets and information, call 713-639-7531 or visit www.mfah.org/film. $7, $6 for students, seniors and members. — Dusti Rhodes
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