Tag Archive: hip-hop

Dec 13

Hot Boyz

hotboyzGenre: Action
Year: 2000
Country: USA

aka: Gang Law

Director: Master P
Starring: Silkk The Shocker, Gary Busey, Shireen Crutchfield, Clifton Powell, Anthony Johnson

 

They’re calling the shots.

 

Kool is an up and coming rapper who lives in a neighborhood where there is a lot of gang activity and violence. He is seeing a girl named LaShawna who are having big plans for her future and is soon going to college. Their future changes however when LaShawna finds a man stabbed to death in the streets and gets pinned for the murder and sent to jail. Kool does everything he can to get her out and together with officer Tully they make a plan for Kool to go undercover into the big street gang of the local mobster Saint and bring him down.

This is a highly enjoyable movie with big flaws. Master P’s directing had improved a lot since the days of I’m Bout it and with a bigger budget he was able to make a fun action flick out of the not so great screenplay that he had written.┬áThere are some huge plot holes and some scenes that are just not necessary for the movie like the karate part of Kools character which doesn’t go anywhere. But sometimes badly made movies can still provide enough entertainment so that you will remember the good parts over the bad.

Nov 20

Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story

toolegitGenre: Drama
Year: 2001
Country: USA

Director: Artie Mandelberg
Starring: Romany Malco, Robert Bailey Jr., Kareem J. Grimes, Brent Anderson, Niambi Dennis

 

From preacher to rap star and back again

 

Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story is a biopic about the rise and fall of Stanley Burrell, better known to the world as MC Hammer. Burrell grew up in Oakland, California and developed dancing skills at an early age which he put to use to hustle money outside of the local baseball stadium. He quickly got noticed by the owner of Oakland Athletics and got hired as a clubhouse assistant and batboy. He got his nickname “Hammer” in these surroundings after resembling the legendary Hank Aaron.

When he got older he started to work as a reverend in a church and he changed up the musical tone and made it more up-tempo and full of life instead of just having a basic traditional sermon. He finds his future wife and baby mother Stephanie here, who also becomes his cornerstone during his success and downfall in the music industry.