SLIPPIN': 10 YEARS W/THE BLOODS PART 4 OF 5
Hip-Hop icon Kurtis Blow has recently added 'producer' to his manylist of credits.
Blow serves as co-producer on the documentary, Slippin - Ten Years with the Bloods currently airing on Showtime. The legendary rapper met Slippin director/producer Tommy Sowards in L.A. over 20 years ago.
The two formed a friendship that led to numerous collaborations, eventually leading to the project.
Once Blow introduced Sowards to Slippin' subject Jumbo, a Blood he came to know through the recording studio he ran, filming began soon after.
"I met Tommy while he was still a graduate student at UCLA Film School," Blow said. "I was doing demos at my studio and met this one cat Jumbo. After I recorded a song for him, he introduced me to his boys the Rollin 20's. I introduced the 20's to Tommy and he wanted to do a documentary about them with another cat for German TV. Filming went on for 10 years straight. It's basically a story about these 5 cats in this gang and what they go through in ten years of gang activity and gang life. It's really an incredible story. Its action packed, thrilling, and really emotional."
Sowards and co-director Joachim Schroeder compiled over 160 hours of footage into the films 84 minutes.
Slippin went on to be shown at festivals in Amsterdam, Chicago, and the renowned Tribeca Film Festival before finding a home on Showtime.