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Dogz Lyfe: Burdens of a Gangsta Rapper

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Cooper Rock
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 48 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

Dogz Lyfe: Burdens of a Gangsta Rapper is a one-hour TV documentary that takes viewers inside the world of First Nation's rap artist Robin Favel. For many, Favel is seen as an inspiration; a rap artist with enough talent to make it in to the big time. “If you have ever seen him perform or write a song, you know that his music is what makes him whole,” says Preston LeCaine, Robin's agent. But, Robin's journey is not as easy as it sounds. His music is also the core of his healing process.

For most of his life, Robin Favel has lived a life of crime, has been a member of one of the most notorious gangs in Saskatchewan, The Native Syndicate, and has been in and out of jail numerous times. The authorities feel that Robin is trapped in that world and cannot escape.

This documentary follows Favel after a two-year incarceration in the Federal Penitentiary; back into society and back to his music. The underlying question is: Can Robin beat the odds and turn his life around?

CAUTION: Some language