Director Shan Nicholson takes us on a journey throughout the South Bronx where gangs controlled the day and night time. During and after the construction of the Cross-Bronx Expressway many of the borough's middle class (and predominantly white) residents scurried to their safe haven upstate, leaving the Bronx in burning flames. As heroin became the drug of choice, the city became a hotbed of violence, drug addicts and a concrete playground for the gangs. "Rubble Kings" features iconic figureheads like former Mayor Ed Koch and hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa.
From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay an unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings, the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over.