In Almost Dope, co-directors Ana González and Jeff Matteis chronicle the arcs of eight different hip hop artists and groups from Rhode Island from the 1980s to today. They explore the rich, largely underrepresented and invisible stories of self-expression, joy, failures, and success that define the hip hop community today.
Interviews with some of Rhode Island’s hip hop pioneers tell the stories of the early days of hip hop and what it takes to have your voice heard in the smallest state.
As hip hop scholar Dr. Tricia Rose writes, “Let us imagine these hip hop principles as a blueprint for social resistance and affirmation: create sustaining narratives… be also prepared for rupture, find pleasure in it, in fact, plan on social rupture. When these ruptures occur, use them in creative ways that will prepare you for a future in which survival will demand a sudden shift in ground tactics.” (Black Noise 39)
Almost Dope uses this ethos to show the ways in which the RI hip hop community has used hip hop as a “blueprint for social resistance” in their lives to flow through the ruptures that come with the realities of living as a person of color in Rhode Island.