The Bronx rebel who became an urban legend

Based on a true story, the Larry Davis Project gives insight behind the motivations of a youth in the Bronx, New York in the 1980s. At a time of police corruption, drug proliferation, and rampant poverty.

An Inner City


There was no finer example of an inner city wasteland than The Bronx in the 70’s and 80’s. Robert Moses’ Cross-Bronx Expressway destroyed residential neighborhoods and massive city-wide budget cuts gutted the City’s resources to enforce decent living standards. This encouraged absentee landlords to ignore their properties.

Neighborhood gangs capitalized on the landlords' neglect and laid claim to entire buildings, spreading crime and the fear of crime throughout the borough. Other landlords, unable to sell their property at any price, began to burn their own buildings to collect insurance money, which often amounted to more than the building's worth.

In some situations, tenants themselves burned down their rentals so they could move into better-maintained public housing. The Bronx was plagued by a wave of arson. Amid the ash and rubble of the Bronx in the 70s, hip hop was born in protest.

The Birth Of

A Culture

At a community rec room on Sedgewick Ave, DJ Kool Herc began to get creative with the percussion breaks of the popular funk and soul music he was playing. Because of the positive reception, he kept perfecting his style, extending the break, mixing, matching and juggling beats.

Herc created the perfect backdrop for an MC to rap over and started calling the kids at the block parties he DJ'ed "breakers", because they would wait for the break section of the song to dance. Ultimately, this name got shortened to "b-boys" and "b-girls."

Hip Hop began as an outlet and "voice" for the disenfranchised youth of the Bronx. Larry Davis was a B-Boy who wanted to make a greater name for himself and for better or for worse, he did.

Anderson Vilien

Anderson Vilien has been a Directors Guild of America member for over a decade. As UPM, 1st and 2nd Assistant Director, he has compiled over 60 credits in his film and television career including Jason Bourne, Straight Outta Compton, and Madmen.

His production company, 83 Willow, was born from his passion for cinema and storytelling with the goal of making films that both entertain and offer audiences new perspectives. To each project, he brings vibrant creativity, high-level professionalism and a diverse wealth of experience.

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