Midway: The Story of Chicago Hip-Hop is a feature-length documentary film and archival project that tells the story of the evolution, struggles, and triumphs of hip-hop culture and its community of artists and personalities in Chicago.
Midway’s goal is to educate and make a cultural impact on Chicago and beyond by informing the audience on the unique story of hip-hop in the country’s third-largest city. Digging deeper than most stories of similar topic, Midway looks to reverse the general negative stereotypes of hip-hop culture to show how it brought people from all walks of life together – regardless of race, gang affiliation or socioeconomic background while introducing audiences to many talented, often overlooked artists – musicians, graffiti artists, dancers, graphic designers, photographers, and more.
Beginning in the late 1970’s with graffiti, popping and locking to today’s musical success stories of Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, this film goes deeper than just a linear timeline. Midway explores how the nation has largely neglected the presence of Chicago’s contribution to the most popular culture in the world, due to issues of segregation, gangs, lack of professional music infrastructure and even the dominance of the city’s house music scene.
Midway: The Story of Chicago Hip-Hop is still in production with an expected release in 2024.