Hip-Hop Documentary Premiers In San Francisco

Hip-Hop documentary "The World Famous,"

debuted at the San Francisco Black Film Festival on Saturday (June 15). The

45 minute documentary focuses on the impact the ground breaking radio show,

"The Wake Up Show," had on the

hip-hop community in the Bay Area, and the influence Sway, Tech, Carmelita and

Revolution had on the culture.

According to the 33 year old director Don Williams,

90 percent of the hip-hop acts that are popular today got their start on "The

Wake-Up Show" during the last decade.

"Everyone listens to hip-hop, it influences

everything from the media to clothing lines. We live in a global society that

is heavily influenced by hip-hop," Williams told the Bay Area's West County

Weekly. "They played the stuff you only hear on college radio stations.

It was not the music normally heard on commercial radio stations."

The documentary features Sway and Tech, Souls

Of Mischief, Conscious Daughters, Xzibit, Chino XL and a music video featuring

a verse by Eminem.

The absence of "The Wake-Up Show" has

been a great loss to the hip-hop community, Williams says. "Today's music

is watered-down versions of old-school hip-hop. Today, they are in it for the

wrong reasons. They care more about the money, jewelry, women and cars than

the music."