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War of Words: Battle Rap in the UK

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An energising and controversial feature documentary that lifts the lid on the fast growing UK battle rap scene.
The film reveals the history and evolution of this unique subculture of hip hop: charting from its origins in playgrounds and parks, through to nightclubs and competitions. From its beginnings as a battle of quick-thinking freestyle wit, through to its current incarnation as a form of well-rehearsed poetry and theatre.
Directors Craig Tuohy and Tom Worth followed and filmed major players involved with the UK battle rapping scene over a period of two years- revealing behind the scenes footage, clips from some of the best battles, and interviews with the top battle rappers from all over the UK including poet Mark Grist, whose battle rap with Blizzard has had over 4.5 million hits on YouTube.
The film is an entertaining expose on how the UK has taken an American art form and made it uniquely British, and so creating one of the most exciting youth subcultures around today.


Type of film
Running Time
93 mins
digital video
Craig Tuohy, Tom Worth
Craig Tuohy, Tom Worth, Charlotte Arden
Executive Producer
Lee Kemp, Peter Dunphy, Vivian Giourousis, Alistair Monty
Barry Moen
Craig Tuohy
Si Begg
Principal Cast
Ice-T, Doc Brown, Raekwon, Scroobius Pip

Production status


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Last updated 23rd April 2016

Production Company

Gizmo Films
13 Queensborough Mews
W2 3SG
+44 (0)7799 494090

Ascension Productions