The Field: Miami, a Documentary About Hip-Hop, Money, and the "Miami People Don't See"
Photo by Esdras "PhotoTea" Thelusma Local rapper Iceberg poses with his ride and his city.
Living in Miami, one thing is glaringly obvious -- the rich are very rich; the poor are very poor.
"I used to live downtown, right across the street from the arena, on Ninth and Biscayne," says Mandon Lovett, a documentary director who just moved to L.A. after five years in the MIA. "It's like a luxury building, and I can look out over my pool deck, and you can see Overtown. You can see that's it a whole 'nother world over there. It's so close, but it's worlds away."
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Lovett just released the trailer for his latest project, The Field: Miami. It's the second installment in a series, produced by WorldStarHipHop, which takes a close look at America's thriving rap meccas, telling the real story of street life through the lens of local artists.
"I'm a fan of hip-hop as well as culture in general," he says. "In my work, I like to tie in both music and society. I think that a lot of the work I do focuses on the artist and how the artist sees the world around them."
The Field's first exposé was a close-up inspection of Chicago, murder capital of the country and breeding ground for buzz-worthy rappers. There, the story is one of gang violence, an epidemic of young people killing other young people for territory and power.
"I wanted to go there, talk to those artists, hear their story, and see what their world is like. That's essentially what the Miami one is like too, but Miami faces a different set of issues," Lovett says. "We asked [Chicago] what the violence was about, and it was gangs and territory. When you ask those guys the same questions in Miami, it's all about money. People die in Miami over money."
The Field: Miami touches on all the major points of contention in our day-to-day lives: gentrification, economic disparity, police harassment, immigration policies. These realities affect our populace whether you're in Overtown or not.
"It's supposed to shed a light on a portion of Miami that people don't see," says Leon, the Lion, a local producer and frequent Lovett collaborator tapped to write the film's score. "People are blinded by the light when it comes to Miami -- the clubs, the women, the fashion, the cars, the sports teams. Everything is glitter and gold. [The Field is] just exposing another side."
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