R | | Crime, Drama, Music
With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
The film contains numerous references to Memphis-based musicians. Shelby was named after Shelby Bryant, a singer-songwriter from Memphis. In one scene, Shelby is wears a T-shirt with the logo of Sam Phillips's Memphis Recording Service studio. In another scene, Shelby wears a T-shirt of Lucero, a local country-rock band. Many of the studio musicians who played for Stax Records, the legendary Memphis-based record label, play on the original score. Isaac Hayes recorded for Stax Records. The cover of the 1974 Stax album "Victim of the Joke?" by David Porter is stapled to Djay's work table. Otis Redding, who also recorded for Stax Records, is mentioned in one scene. Al Green's song "Jesus is Waiting" is heard during one scene. Memphis native Josey Scott, of the band Saliva, appears as a store owner. Members of the popular rap group Three 6 Mafia appear in the film. Paul Beauregard plays Djay's neighbor, and Juicy J plays Skinny Black's brother. Local rappers Haystak, Free Sol, and Al Kapone appear in the film.
You Mormons are some brave mother fuckers.
When Djay changes the radio station in the car, the FM analog tuner is visibly set to the left side of the dial close to 94, but the announcer identifies the station as 107.
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