'I'm Tryna Tell Ya' is a documentary of Chicago's Teklife Crew, a loose coalition of producers and dancers that make and perform heavily syncopated, sample heavy, 160bpm club music known as both footwork or juke music. Although the rest of the world first got a taste of this style of music around 2010, it has a much longer history in it's native Chi-town, being the latest in a long lineage of club music styles to originate from the area.
My early to mid twenties were filled with techno music and all the hedonistic trappings that come with it. I spent that time partying pretty hard, on at least I thought I did until I saw this documentary. I guess they just go harder in Berlin.
Anyone who has gotten into the clubbing lifestyle will have found themselves in the company of few people worthy of camera time. The heady mixture of darkened rooms, big sound systems and illicit substances…
There have been a glut of graffiti documentaries since 2004/2005. Having made an effort to view most of them I can say with some confidence that this is one of the better examples. Unlike most of the others, Rock Fresh doesn't try to present a retrospective of a particular artist or the scene, but instead focuses on a group of LA graffiti writers as a way of exploring some of the larger themes that effect graffiti as a social phenomenon.…