Home Boys (NOR)Home Boys Heimegutar (Norway, 2009)
When Norwegian rap group Side Brok suddenly appeared on the national music scene, rapping in their own dialect with humorous and sarcastic lyrics inspired by their hometown Ørsta on the west coast of Norway, the critics hardly knew what to believe. The audience loved them, but was small town hip-hop intended as a joke or were Side Brok actually serious about their music? Home Boys is an intimate portrait of Norway’s most outrageous and against-all-odds successful rap group through the first six years of their career. Starting with their concert debut in 2003, the film follows them backstage from their national breakthrough through ups and downs on the bumpy road to their third and most recent album-release in 2009. It is a story of growing up in a small town, and coming to terms with your own roots and identity in a creative way. The film portrays a distinctly Norwegian hip-hop universe of mountains, fjords, cars, booze, humor and irony, but also of true friendship and love of words and music.
The film Home Boys also features New York-rapper Thirstin Howl III in a unique collaboration with Side Brok in Norway. The latter’s main rapper Runar Gudnason was greatly inspired by Thirstin Howl III at the time he started writing Norwegian rap lyrics, and his alter ego Thorstein Hyl III even borrows the name from Thirstin Howl III. Gudnason’s style of rapping in Norwegian in fact has very much in common with the Spanglish flow and lyrical wit of Thirstin Howl, even though their backgrounds from Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the Norwegian countryside couldn’t be more different.
In this sense, Side Brok is living evidence of the great cultural impact and power to inspire that the genre of hip-hop has had - and still has - in any unlikely corner of the world.
This film is in Norwegian (mostly nynorsk) with English subtitles.
Director: Turid Rogne Run time: 57 min