You may have heard about a little spot out west called Club Elements. In the late ’90s and early ’00s, it was the go-to place for all things hip-hop in L.A., from impromptu freestyle ciphers to concerts and everything in between. Now someone’s making a documentary about the legendary venue.
DJ Bonds has taken it upon himself to produce the documentary, and you can watch the trailer for it below. He caught up with Talib Kweli, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Jeru The Damaja, and many others to talk about the club’s legacy.
“There was a lot of push back against the stereotypical images of what the West Coast was suppose to be, the stereotypical idea of a West Coast MC was that you have to be a gangsta,” says Kweli. “So you had a lot of people actively working against that and those people formed a community.”
Club Elements proved to be the stomping grounds for crews like Project Blowed, The Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples, and other important underground rap squads. The place is rich with history, and this documentary looks to help spread the knowledge. But DJ Bonds needs your help. The movie’s Kickstarter needs $10,000 in the next seven days, and he’s already gotten $3,530. Check out how you can help below.