Yeah, I’m A Fan of the Mini Doc

There’s probably a little (well, quite a bit) of irony in the fact that I often complain about the incredible shrinking attention span of the NOW generation and then do a write up on a “mini” version of something. Nobody wants to read anymore. There’s no time to sit back and watch an entire documentary. The news has to come in snippets. We wanna cut to the chase and cut out the details.  And all that bothers me.

So why do I love the mini docs so much? Can’t really say because I will make the time for a good full length documentary (especially if it’s about sports, music, or anything made by Ken Burns). Love to read. Blogs. Books. Bios. Backs of record sleeves. I am willing to make the time. But at the same time, a quick, conceptual well-concocted audio visual telling of a topic of interest…I’m hooked. And these things have a certain artistic quality that proves you don’t always need quantity.

Below are some of the condensed documentary videos that I’ve gotten to enjoy.  See what you think…

This first one’s a cool little bit of hip hop trivia about MF DOOM and the creation of his mask. I like DOOM well-enough but I’m a bigger fan of KMD (DOOM and his brother before he became DOOM).  This is just dope on the artistic tip…I mean I’m sure there was a legion of DOOM followers rocking the DOOM mask for Halloween but this is where it all started.

and…
Alright, I may be a little biased on this one as Nelson George is one of my favorite writers, but if you like the sounds of the 808…you’re gonna love this. Feel free to watch this one again.  And again. (Turn up the speakers)

This one. Ah, man. Rakim. The God Emcee. The 18th Letter.  Rakim Allah. If you don’t already know about the legendary Rakim, do me a favor and watch this before continuing to read…and then 18 lashes.  This guy was a game changer.  You will not meet one, not one hardcore hip hop head who won’t include Rakim in his list of top 5 emcees ever.  You. Must. Learn.

and next…
Marley Marl.  The man behind so many of my favorite hip hop records.  This is actually a kinda how-to music software video for Ableton.  But in the process of showing you the capabilities of the program, the beatmaster behind the Juice Crew breaks down how “Mama Said Knock You Out” was created. Very Cool.

And finally…

I don’t really know that I can fit this into the category of mini documentary.  But it sure is cool to see old pics of Masta Ace and listen as he briefly talks about his journey from Howard Houses to where he is now.  And so I don’t feel guilty later about not letting you know…check out his latest album, MA DOOM where he tells that story over production by MF DOOM (again biased – one my favorite MC’s).

So yeah, stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted as I keep comin’ across’em. It’s become kinda trendy to make these mini docs and there’s no shortage of talent out there so I can guarantee that we’ll be seeing some more dope ones real soon. Stay connected and I’ll share some more stuff for you to view in between reading your novels and watching your feature length documentaries…

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