Fab 5 Freddy’s Documentary Sets The Record Straight About A Chronic Problem
Fab 5 Freddy has worn many hats in Hip-Hop, in front of and behind the camera. The legendary host, director, producer, historian, and artist has been involved with Wild Style, Yo! MTV Raps, New Jack City, and a host of music videos.
Fred Brathwaite’s next project explores the modern history of marijuana in the United States. Grass Is Greener includes interviews with Snoop Dogg, Killer Mike, B-Real, Chuck D, Sen Dog, Doug E. Fresh, and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, among others. The documentary is premiering on Netflix April 20. In a private trailer, Fab 5 reveals that he has been an advocate in favor of cannabis for years. He narrates and directs the documentary.
Snoop tells Freddy, “The era before me was PCP, heroin. My mission was to get everybody hooked on chronic,” referring to the non-lethal substance. At a time when states are legalizing and making money from the sale of cannabis products, Freddy’s film aims to highlight the ugly past associated with policing pot. In doing so, the film looks at how American drug laws and negative propaganda promoted racism. The film features testimony and archival footage which confirms that marijuana has been used in damaging and dishonest portrayals of Blacks and Mexicans. The film suggests that racism was an element of anti-drug propaganda. It includes footage from the 1970s and 1980s used against marijuana.
“My hope, as I light one up on 4/20, is that this film will entertain, educate, and enlighten people across the country and around the world about the rise of marijuana, the racially motivated reasons behind its initial criminalization, and the economic ramifications that continue to affect entire races of people,” Fab 5 Freddy said in a statement published at AllHipHop.