Review: Dawn Raid (2021)

Dawn Raid

Release Date: January 21, 2021

Run Time: 1 hour & 38 minutes

Reviewed By: Adam

Dawn Raid charts the rise of Dawn Raid Entertainment and its two founders Andy Murnane and Brotha D – the unlikely duo behind some of New Zealand’s biggest hip-hop and RnB artists including Savage, Mareko, Adeaze and Aaradhna. From humble beginnings selling t-shirts on the streets of South Auckland, Andy Murnane and Brotha D formed a legendary partnership that would defy the odds and become music royalty both at home and across the world.

The film explores the incredible challenges and struggles that were buried deep beneath the glamor of chart-topping hits with the hottest local and international talent – rifts between artists, unpaid tax debts, feelings of failure and betrayal – and the immeasurable musical legacy that was created in spite of this. Featuring some of New Zealand’s and the US’s biggest hip-hop and RnB artists, Dawn Raid is an inspirational, heart pounding celebration of local home-grown talent who not only gave a voice to their local community, but paved the way for a future generation of artists.

An inspirational rise to the top. A drastic fall to the bottom. Dawn Raid is an emotional roller coaster.

Oh and the entire soundtrack was 🔥🔥🔥!

I had chills through the final 20 minutes. Learning about how Savage‘s song “Swing” was put in the movie Knocked Up and lead to such a groundbreaking moment for not only Savage, but Dawn Raid Entertainment was amazing. Mainly because I love both that song and movie, but I could watch that part of the film over and over again.

It just goes to show you, that you can do whatever you put your mind to with hard work and dedication. I would LOVE for this to be Way Too Beautiful‘s path… minus the tax issues. So it’s time to make that happen!

Dawn Raid is now available on all major digital platforms and I highly recommend it, if you’re looking for a documentary to watch.

W2B Rating: 7.75 out of 10 stars

Post Credits Scene: No

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