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Mid90s, which opened this past Friday, October 19th, is a film Hill wrote and directed about a group of skateboarding friends in—you guessed it—the mid-1990s. The incredibly authentic period piece features plenty of nods to the skateboarding scene and the music of the time period, including songs from the Pharcyde and the Gravediggaz, and a memorable cameo appearance by Del the Funkee Homosapien.
This is Jonah’s first film as a writer/director. He has, of course, starred in tons of films, from Superbad to Moneyball to The Wolf of Wall Street. For this interview, Hill was joined by Sunny Suljic, who plays Stevie; Na-kel Smith, who plays Ray; Olan Prenatt, who plays Fuckshit; Gio Galicia, who plays Ruben; Ryder McLaughlin, who plays Fourth Grade; and Alexa Demie, who plays Estee. To rap fans, Na-Kel Smith’s name and voice may sound familiar—he has a music career of his own, and has appeared on songs with Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt.
Tracks featured in this episode:
- The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show 1993 REAL HIP HOP
- Animal Collective, “Chocolate Girl”
- Bob Dorrough, “Three Is a Magic Number”
- Herbie Hancock, “Watermelon Man”
- Toy Machine - Welcome to Hell - Donny Barley’s Part
- Del the Funky Homosapien f/Hieroglyphics, “Burnt”
- Chad Muska’s First Ever Video Part - Maple Skateboards Rites of Passage (1994)
- TERRY KENNEDY - part from BAKER 3
- Earl Sweatshirt - Hell (Feat. Na’kel) (Live @ The Catalyst)
- Na-Kel, “Watch It Work”
- Tyler, the Creator f/Na’kel, Jasper Dolphin, Lucas, L-Boy, TACO, Left Brain, & Lee Spielman, “Trashwang”
- Earl Sweatshirt f/Na’kel, “DNA”
- Justin Timberlake, “Suit & Tie”
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- Alexa Demie, “Girl Like Me”
- Zendaya, “Replay”
- Crew Cuts: Illegal Civilization, Episode 3 feat. Ryder McLaughlin