This documentary about the underappreciated legacy of hip-hop in Flint canonizes one of the forefathers of what became known as Midwest rap — Eric T. Breed, better known as MC Breed, a widely influential figure whose early hit “Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin’” put his hometown on the nation’s rap radar. Focusing largely on the city’s hip-hop heyday of the late 1980s and early ‘90s, the film, part of a larger project by Michigan State University, examines the relationship between Breed and other Flint rap luminaries, such as Ira (Bootleg) Dorsey and the Dayton Family. Through archival material and interviews, the film also illuminates the socioeconomic factors that informed the lyricism of Breed, Bootleg and the other hip-hop figures from the Midwest and beyond who were influenced and touched by Flint rap. Metro Detroit premiere.

We’ll host a live Q&A about “Breed and Bootleg” at 7 p.m. Thu./Dec. 3. Participants will include director Geri Alumit Zeldes; Bootleg, who is featured in the film; and co-producer NaTasha Gist-Breed. The conversation will be moderated by arts and culture writer and Flint native Tia Scott.

The live event will be hosted on the Freep Film Festival Youtube channel and Detroit Free Press Facebook page. Access the conversation here.

After the conversation happens, it will be archived at the Freep Film Festival Youtube page and as a direct link with any purchase of a screening of the film. 


Year: 2020 
59 minutes 
Director: Geri Alumit Zeldes 
Editor: Andrea Raby 
Cinematographers: Jason Howard, William Bridgforth
Producer: Olivia Hoover, NaTasha Gist-Breed