Filmmaker Directs Controversial DVD
11/18/10 - LatinRapper.com news
Rapper and hip hop video
director Joe Mexican has the urban music industry abuzz as the
result of a controversial new DVD released this month.
Titled "Thuggin It and
Lovin It 2", the DVD offers a raw and gritty look at street
life and music in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The film
provides an uncensored view into the city which boasts the
sixth-highest murder rate in America, a short drive away from
the country's murder capital.
The DVD features scenes
involving guns, implied drug use, nudity and obscene language.
Much of the DVD serves to promote local music artists, and
contains a variety of hip hop videos. While the DVD's
insert sports a disclaimer that all participants in the
filming are simply acting, Thuggin It has attracted the
attention of law enforcement agencies in several states.
Thuggin It and Lovin It
Part 2 was produced by Millionaire Entertainment, a
Louisiana-based record label. The film and included
music videos were shot entirely by Hispanic rapper and
director Joe Mexican, owner of Loud Pro Media. The film
took roughly a year to shoot, and almost three months to edit.
With over 15 years as a
rapper and producer, and 10 years working in the movie
industry, Joe Mexican earned a name for himself while
directing several dozen rap videos. The director spoke
to LatinRapper.com about the new DVD, while emphasizing that
the film mostly provides local music artists the opportunity
to promote themselves worldwide.
While Joe Mexican
acknowledges that the DVD is controversial with activity that
is "a nuisance to the local law enforcement," he points out
that it offers a variety of cultures the opportunity to get an
inside look at life in the hood.
One of the greatest
challenges faced when shooting the DVD was lack of
participation as a result of the buzz surrounding its prequel.
The original video received national attention, and was
heavily scrutinized by Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies.
Rumors flew that participants in the first film had been
arrested, but Joe Mexican addressed those fears. "Not
one person went to jail over the DVD," the director stated,
adding "if anybody went to jail, it was because of things
unrelated to the DVD."
The DVD is available for
Loud Pro Media Official
Joe Mexican on Myspace: