The Hip Hop Project is a new film that tells the story of a group of New York City teenagers who transform their life stories into works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.
The film traces the evolution of this award-winning outreach program created by Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager turned youth mentor. With the goal of developing a principled group of young artists, Kazi creates a safe environment in which he challenges young people to express themselves freely and write music about the real issues affecting their lives.
The film looks at the lives of Kazi and two of his students, Princess and Cannon, as they strive to overcome daunting life obstacles to produce a collaborative album. The movie is being released in May 2007.