Like Hustle & Flow (2005), Step Off (2011) follows a struggling black male musician with a supporting cast on a road of overcoming obstacles to create and share music filled with his passion and story. Unlike DJay in Hustle & Flow, Rippa in Step Off is a college student and music producer with his eyes set on winning a beat battle awarding production time for a major record label.
This movie resonates with me because – SPOILER ALERT – Rippa’s gear is stolen within weeks leading to the competition. Rippa had to repair an AKAI MPC and alter his production style to create new beats.
Here’s what hits me deep: stolen workstations mean stolen productions, especially if they’re not backed up elsewhere or at least saved (better off sent to Copyright.gov, I think) as final mixes for archival. Being concerned about my music getting stolen is how I came to learn much of what I’ve covered in an older post – 5 Resources Every Musician Should Know.
I won’t spoil anymore, but the music, realistic scenarios for an underground producer, and overall vibe from the movie is an inspiring must-see movie for indie beat-makers.
Step Off on BlogSpot
Step Off on Summer Hill Films