It was also generally an exciting time for hip-hop. De La Soul’s “Me Myself and I” was high on the charts, months after the release of their iconic debut album 3 Feet High and Rising. Later that summer, the Beastie Boys dropped their critically acclaimed sophomore album Paul’s Boutique. And Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” created as musical theme for Do the Right Thing, was a scorcher.
As for the Spike Lee film? Well, Barack chose well. The movie was so charged, so emotionally soaring that “people actually thought that young black Americans would riot across the country” after seeing it, Spike Lee recalls in this oral history. Of course, that didn’t happen. Instead, the movie became a cultural touchstone and a certified American classic, one eventually added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It’s so famous that on its 25th anniversary in 2014, the president and First Lady recorded a special video message, congratulating Lee on his achievement.
“Thank you for helping me impress Michelle,” the commander in chief added.
Southside with You cleverly uses the film to score and underline the angst of the era . . . but it would be a spoiler if we said anything more. The film is now out in theaters everywhere. source : vanityfair