Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time in New York City has probably, at some point, ran into street hustlers trying to pawn off their bootleg hip hop demos on you. It starts so innocently with some dude shoving, what seems to be, a free CD in your face. Now, if you’re not wise to the setup, you’ll grab the disc thinking, “Great, I don’t even own a CD player anymore.” Or, you may say, “Right on, thank you”, but it doesn’t end there. They will quickly ask for a donation to help further their careers and normally won’t let up until you give them money or the CD back. It’s pretty annoying and par the course for an average day on the streets of NYC.
Now the folks at the Youtube channel Pigeons & Planes take a deeper look into this subculture of street rappers trying to make it in the big apple with this fascinating short documentary. It also focuses on pushing dying physical media in the current digital world. It’ll almost make you feel sorry you never helped these guys out, or if you’re like me, it’ll reaffirm your decision of buying a CD off them many years ago.
Check it out.