Before Boyz N The Hood, before Menace II Society and before Juice… there was Youngblood. This 1978 indie flick came too late to catch the blaxploitation craze and too early for the wave of gangsta-rap inspired hood movies in the 80’s and 90’s. Given that most blaxploitation flicks were about grown-ups, this is arguably one of the first growing-up-in-the-hood films ever produced.
I already watched the first bit of Youngblood last night. It’s definitely not the greatest flick. You can tell they didn’t have much of a budget and the script coulda used a little help but the the actors are decent and the real draw for me was the excellent soundtrack by War. Despite its shortcomings flick is real, rugged and raw and shows us a side of Los Angeles culture that most big-budget flicks ignored until crack pipes and gangsta rap made it controversial again. So hit play and give Youngblood a shot. Let me know what you think!