“An East Side Story”
On the same day as the mega-fight of MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO, Hip-Hop Junkies, LLC (HHJ) will premiere its original web series (Episode 1), An East Side Story on Saturday, May 2, 2015@ 9 PM on HIPHOP-JUNKIES.COM, RAPMUSICENT.COM, YOUTUBE.COM and VIMEO.COM.
Opening with a hip, catchy theme song, entitled “Best Shot,” by Indie-artist, Bumppro, An East Side Story will illustrate the true elements and effects of its gang culture that has plagued the city streets of Newark (Brick City), N.J. for the past decade. Unlike its gang roots in Los Angeles, California, a majority of gang related deaths in Brick City are drug related. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
Consisting mainly of local character actors from the great college town of Newark, along with Do It All “Kelly” (1/3 of legendary group Lords of the Underground), DJ Hollywood KO (Heavy Hitter DJ / protégé of DJ Envy), Indie-artists Chad B (currently on tour with hip-hop group DIPSET) and Bumppro, along with a guest appearance from the late Notorious B.I.G.’s childhood friend, Lil Cease, the anticipated series will take viewers on a visual ride through some of the worst neighborhoods in and around Northern New Jersey. It will also reveal gang ideology as well as the do’s and don’ts for survival on the streets. In addition, the web series will touch on the deep Islamic roots in the city that have been widely criticized and condemned for being an illicit group as well.
Rajore Derricotte, CEO of Hip-Hop Junkies and Executive Producer commented, “No one else had the guts to take on this challenge, especially not Hollywood. It’s sad because even in 2015, we are still seeing very little film and TV projects which focus on the Black and Hispanic community, good, bad or indifferent. With the full support of the community from every aspect, I felt not only honored, but also obligated to do a film project such as this about my hometown of Newark, New Jersey.”
An East Side Story will also provide its audience with a firsthand look at drug abuse. This will come from people who’ve actually managed to survive the detrimental cycle, after battling the effects for many years. Even today, some of these same individuals are still struggling to overcome the effects. While heroin is the drug of choice for many addicts, it is widely considered the number one health crisis in New Jersey. In the past ten years, it has not only plagued the state of New Jersey, but the entire country causing an astronomical increase in drug treatment centers across the country, particularly in urban areas like Newark.
Lastly, the series will open the public’s eyes to the views of its politicians, investors, and drug dealers, while showing the urgent need for social programming and community outreach. The show will also bring to view how Newark is looked at from an economical standpoint by those looking to prosper by any means necessary.
ABOUT HIP-HOP JUNKIES:
Hip-Hop Junkies (HHJ) is the same company which produced The Real Ingredients of O.G. SOSA, the documentary on Lolita Carter (the mother of Chicago’s controversial rapper, Chief Keef). The Junkies also partnered with Shard Films in 2014 in creating Good Deeds, a short film about karma taking place in Harlem, N.Y. Hip-Hop Junkies Film and Video Production Company is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and was launched in 2012, after closing the door to its flourishing radio show due to parent company, WGIV (The Soul of Charlotte) – 103.3 FM being sold. While continuing with its “cutting edge, thinking outside of the box” platform, Hip-Hop Junkies’ will produce in-house film and video projects that focus on the world of urban entertainment; in particular, hip-hop and its history, life-style, music, fashion and culture. Hip-Hop Junkies’ projects will deliver the most thought provoking topics, while targeting a young hip audience with a strong multi-cultural appeal. Hip-Hop Junkies will prove to be a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.
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