Fear of a Black Hat (1994)
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Larry B. Scott
Mark Christopher Lawrence
G. Smokey Campbell
Backstage Manager #1
Mabel Ann Jackson
Kenneth J. Hall
Daryll in Charge
White Punk #2
Security Guard #1
The best hip-hop film of all.
Inspired by This Is Spinal Tap, this mockumentary exposes the trials of a hardcore rap band, N.W.H. (Niggas With Hats) with wild, irreverent humor and exuberant music.
While individual interviews, pop-video parodies and album titles hit the mark, the film as a whole is insufficiently clear-cut in its satire of the bands' dubious antics and attitudes.
If Mr. Cundieff doesn't match the satirical genius of Mr. Reiner's film, he does understand the rules of the game.
Not as fearless and sharp-edged as it could be -- but it provides a lot of laughs, and barbecues a few sacred cows.
This movie is not tightly-scripted or elegantly produced, but it is (for the most part) highly entertaining. For those who have been waiting for a sequel to Spinal Tap, this may be the best alternative.
The rap scene has always had its share of colourful characters that are already caricatures. Why is there a need to spoof it?
To me, Fear of a Black Hat has more focus and is more accurate in its tearing apart of the early '90s rap industry than Spinal Tap was regarding heavy metal.
Satire at its finest. Uproarious and endlessly creative.
It's like "CB-4" -- only funnier.
There's no plot to speak of, just gag after gag. Rap fans will likely love most of it; all others, flip a coin.
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