7 January 2016 | stephengibbons-2
Really, REALLY good.
The best thing about this story is that its ORIGINAL. It's not some tired biopic formula that stunt casts semi-famous actors to portray musical artists. No, what makes this so fresh is the way it tells its original story while using a great soundtrack of early 90's hip hop as it's backdrop. The story surrounds two people primarily. Nikki is a driven, bright graduate who loves hip hop so much she aims to save it from the industry vultures, as well as from itself. But she's got dues to pay before she makes it. DeeVee is a young producer searching for that one MC, a diamond in the rough with a voice and flow to set the art form on fire. He finds it in a very dangerous man, in a very real and dangerous place. Wood Harris plays the label mogul, and as always, he's fantastic. I could watch Avon Barksdale sell used cars. There's a lot of great moments in this film, especially the one at the end. There's no way this 120 minute movie is the end of the story. There's got to be more in store for these characters. I can't wait to see what comes next.