Creative Loafing Atlanta showing some love for the fruit of Leimert Park: " 'This is the Life' chronicles the largely unknown but influential underground scene that organically sprouted in December ’89 from a health food spot called the Good Life Café in Leimert Park.
"Responsible for spawning lyrical giants including the members of Freestyle Fellowship (Myka 9, Aceyalone, Self Jupiter, Peace), Chali2na, Medusa, Ellay Khule, Chillin Villain Empire, Volume Ten, Pigeon John and a host of others, the weekly Good Life freestyle hip-hop battles became the breeding ground for the Left Coast’s fertile, underground intelligentsia. Not only did the scene uplift a culture, it impacted an industry even as it remained oblivious to the narrowly defined aesthetics of commercial rap.
'As a result, the majority of the Good Life MCs never received their just shine."
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for the interview with the film's director.
The award-winning doc is also available on DVD
Good review here of the Good Life and Notorious.