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The Weird World of Blowfly

Dir. Jonathan Furmanski | 2010 | 89 min

A hilarious and poignant inside look at the life of pioneering Miami soul man Clarence Reid and his freaky alter ego, X-rated rapper Blowfly.

The story of Clarence Reid, a Miami musician who wrote and produced romantic and spiritual songs for some of the greatest Southern soul and R&B acts of the 1960s and '70s, a deeply religious man who forswears smoking, drugs and alcohol. He is also the gonzo performer Blowfly, Clarence's freaky alter ego and the original X-rated rapper. Now 69 years old, with a gold-spangled superhero costume and a catalog of the world's raunchiest tunes, Blowfly tours the world, struggling for success and recognition after 50 years of making music. The Weird World of Blowfly highlights both Clarence's and Blowfly's unique contributions to music history, including hits for artists like Betty Wright, Gwen McCrae, and KC & the Sunshine Band and what might be the world's first rap song, recorded in 1965. Shot over the course of two years, the film follows Clarence today and we see his life, career and philosophy unfold.

A revealing portrait of an unheralded man, The Weird World of Blowfly examines Clarence's personal and professional contradictions, explores his legacy and celebrates his musical and cultural significance as a rapper and soul music legend.

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