“The Fence” is a documentary comprised of interviews and panel discussions between both mainstream and Christian members of the hip hop culture. The goal of the film is to foster a dialogue about faith, music, and the responsibility and expectations of artists to reflect their morals and beliefs in their craft.
Far too often, individuals in both communities view each other as enemies even though they’ve never met face-to-face or engaged one another in an honest conversation about the issues that concern them most.
“The Fence” asks questions like:
- What roles does an artist’s faith have in his music?
- What image or identity does “Christian rap” have in the mainstream hip hop world?
- Are mainstream rappers just entertainers and storytellers or are they “keeping it real” and simply sharing their life struggles in their lyrics?
- Do Christians have to compromise to make it in the mainstream market?
- Are collaborations and guest appearances by Christians and mainstream artists a problem for the faith?
While there have been other films that have documented the growing “holy hip hop” culture, there has never been one bold enough to give its mainstream and Christian participants equal time.
Interviews and discussions in this documentary include:
Mainstream Hip Hop
- Paul Wall
- Mannie Fresh (Cash Money Records)
- Killer Mike
- Mr. Fab
- Rick Ross
- Michael “5000” Watts
- Too Short
- David Banner
- Trae the Truth
- B.G. (formerly of Cash Money Records)
- Choppa (formerly of Bad Boy)
- 8 Ball
- DJ Drama
- Lil Boosie
- Lil Flip
- Mr. Lee (Producer for Tupac, Scarface, Slim Thug and others)
- Madd Hatta (97.9 KBXX)
- Sean Paul (Youngbloodz)
- Sway (MTV journalist)
- Lil Keke (Screwed Up Click)
- Big Pokey (Screwed Up Click)
- Slim Thug (Swishahouse / Star Trak Entertainment)
- Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock (Hip Hop legends)
- Bushwick Bill (formerly of the Geto Boys)
- 007 (formerly of the 5th Ward Boys)
- Special Ed (classic hip hop MC)
- The Sugarhill Gang (hip hop pioneers)
- Kurtis Blow (hip hop pioneers)
- Whuteva (formerly of G-Unit)
Christian Hip Hop
- Urban D
- Trip Lee
- Sho Baraka
- Gospel Gangstas
- Soul P
- Sean Slaughter
- Lil Raskull
- Mahogany Jones
- BB Jay
- Max One
- Minister RMB
- DJ Will