We’re Gonna Be Lords is a short documentary that explores the minds of four New York artists and hip-hop crews: Action Bronson, Flatbush ZOMBiES, The Underachievers and Le1f, who tell their own tales of how they became involved in the music scene. Directed by Robert Lopuski, who also directed Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne documentary in 2012, We’re Gonna Be Lords pieces together these artists’ narratives and also sheds some light on the newer hip-hop generation of New York that thrives today. While hailing from different neighborhoods, these featured artists have New York running through their veins. While people may be products of their environment, each of these talents come from a variety of backgrounds, whether it be Action Bronson’s foundations in gourmet cooking or Meech’s aspirations of becoming a philosopher.
Alongside intimate interviews with the artists, scripted scenes in the forms of vignettes are interlaced throughout and help illustrate the ethereal and almost spiritual tone of the documentary’s narrative. Reaching for musical success in hip-hop is often viewed as being driven by street dreams of money and influential power; ”there’s this almost transcendent quality of being nobody in pursuit of something great — the idea of becoming a Lord… It felt fragile but charged, raw, dream-like, ritualistic,” says Lopuski. And yet, these artists are true examples of the simple pursuit of creative expression. Watch We’re Gonna Be Lords above.