Wild Style (1983, Dir. Charlie Ahearn)
Charlie Ahearn’s seminal rap flick Wild Style is the ultimate cultural touchstone for the genre and lifestyle of hip hop. Since its release in 1983, the film remains wildly influential on the genre, reading like a cultural stylebook that uses the real-life graffiti writers, B-boys, rappers and scenesters of the day to define their art and what they represent.
Below we’ve put together a playlist inspired by Wild Style, with tracks from the film’s iconic soundtrack, music from the era, and also some later jams that sample the film.
Includes tracks from: DJ Grand Wizard Theodore, Busy Bee, Double Trouble, The Crash Crew, The Fearless Four, Whodini and more.
Feel the new heartbeat.