The One-Armed Man Did It
From the 1983 Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary award-winning Style Wars…Meet Kase2: street legend, one-armed graffiti writer, known as the “King Of Style” while decorating rail cars in the South Bronx during the nascent stages of the cultural/creative phenomenon we call hip-hop. And hip-hop, due to the relatively recent timing of its birth as well as its origin story, is the first major musical movement in American history where we can actually trace its beginnings back directly to the root. Not just back to a city like New York, a borough like the Bronx, a part of the Bronx as in the South Bronx….but actual street coordinates with a date/time/place.
You really can't get more hip-hop than this scene. You might be in a few rare cases be able to find equal but certainly not more. In addition to demonstrating how Kase2 does more with less in creating something out of nothing, you also have a teenager who went on to become DJ Kay Slay rapping lines from "The Message" *which had just come out at the time of this being taped* to a one-armed man in front of the train.
Ever the visionary, the late great Kase2 proclaims 34 years ago that hip-hop is not a fad but here to stay while soon to start growing exponentially as young Keith "Kay Slay" Grayson listens closely with a grin while being told "one day you'll be a king too". Knowing that kid went on to be one of the biggest DJ's in New York City under the moniker "The Drama King", makes it even better to watch now.
You can't invent figures, moments or movements this powerful in any script. Real life has to create them.