Sundance fest embraces hip-hop on stage and screen

By Sandy Cohen

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 26 2012 1:15 p.m. MST

Common, a cast member in "LUV," performs at the Express after-party for the film "LUV" at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

Chris Pizzello, Associated Press

PARK CITY, Utah — Hip-hop is making itself heard — and seen — at the Sundance Film Festival.

In addition to performances by rappers Drake, Common, Nas, Lil Jon and Chuck D, the festival includes documentary and narrative films about hip-hop culture.

Ice-T's documentary, "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," premiered at the festival. It stars artists such as Run-DMC, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Mos Def and Eminem.

Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew fame appears in a short film called "The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke."

"Filly Brown," a contender in the U.S. dramatic competition, tells a story of a rising Hispanic hip-hop artist in Los Angeles and the challenges she faces on the way to fame.

Sundance continues through Sunday in Park City, Utah.

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