I Got Words

Runar Gudnason / / 2023

The heyday of Danish rap seen through Norwegian eyes (and with Norwegian humour!) in an unsentimental film about old friendships and the creative rush when two words suddenly rhyme to the beat of a drum machine.

The first years of the 00s were a golden time for Danish rap with local heroes like Malk de Koijn, Raske Penge, L.O.C and Jonny Hefty. It’s been 20 years since Norwegian Runar Gudnason picked up a camera in Aalborg and started filming the booming rap scene before heading back to Norway to become a well-known rapper. The film was never finished, but now Runar has found the old reels again, and with understated humour and self-irony, he visits his old friends and draws a line from his youth to today, where his grown son lives in Copenhagen and makes music himself in his bedroom. ‘I Got Words’ is a personal tale of rhyme, rap, rhythm and sound – and of life and all that.