The Weird World of Blowfly Film Review
By Kam Williams
Godfather of Rap Belatedly Gets His Due in Jaw-Dropping Bio-PicClarence Reid is a legendary songwriter who wrote R&B hits back in the Sixties and Seventies for everyone from Sam & Dave to KC & the Sunshine Band. What many people don't know, however, is that he also donned a flamboyant costume, periodically, to perform raunchy rap tunes as his irreverent alter ego, Blowfly.
With titles like "Rapp Dirty," "Porno Freak," "Butt Pirate Luv," "Electronic Pussy Sucker," "Funk You," "Burning Pussy," and "Destructo Cock," the bawdy ballads were laced with explicit lyrics which left little to the imagination, such as "Should I [expletive] that big fat ho?". Basically, Blowfly's act involves bragging about his sexual prowess in much the same fashion adopted decades later by gangsta rappers.
Although well past retirement age, Clarence still tours the country as Blowfly, and he is being well-received by young audiences which appreciate his critical influence on the Hip-Hop Generation. Those debatable cultural contributions are the subject of The Weird World of Blowfly, an aptly titled documentary directed by Jonathan Furmanski, with an emphasis on the word 'weird.".
Cringe-inducing debauchery courtesy of The Godfather of Rap!
Very Good (3 stars)
Running time: 89 minutes
Distributor: Variance Films
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Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the African-American Film Critics Association, and the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee. Contact him through NewsBlaze.
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