Fear of a Black Hat (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fear of a Black Hat (1994)

Fear of a Black Hat (1994)

Fear of a Black Hat



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Writer/director Rusty Cundieff's satire of gangsta rappers, focusing on a hiphop trio who release a Christmas album called "Ho Ho 'Hos."more
Rating: R
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rusty Cundieff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 2003
Samuel Goldwyn Company


Larry B. Scott
as Tasty Taste
Howie Gold
as Friesch
Barry Heins
as Rabinow
as Eric Laneuville
G. Smokey Campbell
as Backstage Manager No...
Bob Mardis
as Promotor No. 2
Tim Hutchinson
as Reggie Clay
Moon Jones
as Jam Boy No. 1
Faizon Love
as Jam Boy No. 2
Deezer D
as Jam Boy No. 3
Darin Scott
as Security Head
Devin Kamienny
as Vanilla Sherbet
Jeff Burr
as Chicago Cop
Kenneth J. Hall
as John Liggert
Don Reed
as Daryll in Charge
Reggie Bruce
as Video Director
Barry Shabaka Henley
as Geoffrey Lennox
Kurt Loder
as Himself
Mark Selinger
as Right Winger
Lamont Johnson
as MC Slammer
J.J. Hommel
as White Punk No. 1
Jeff Pollack
as White Punk No. 2
Monica Tolliver
as Fine Woman Back Stag...
K. Front
as Parsley
Homeselle Joy
as Mabel Ann Jackson
Doug McHenry
as Promoter Doug
George Jackson
as Promoter George
Lance Crouther
as Street Vendor
Doug Starks
as Reverend Brother Pas...
Nancy Giles
as Loreatha
Billy Elmer
as Security Guard No. 1
Joseph Anthony Farri...
as Security Guard No. 2
Daryl Savid
as Teacher
Eric Laneuville
as Jike Singleton
Hornselle Joy
as Mabel Ann Jackson
Brad Sanders
as Promoter No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Fear of a Black Hat

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

The best hip-hop film of all.

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 30, 2006
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If Mr. Cundieff doesn't match the satirical genius of Mr. Reiner's film, he does understand the rules of the game.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

As it recounts the history of N.W.H., the film also manages to lampoon rap music and its archetypes, as well as poking fun at the venal, self-serving music-business types looking to grab easy money from the scene.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Fear of a Black Hat is not brilliant, but it's bright enough.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fear of a Black Hat


"He's been shot twenty-two times. Twenty-two! That muffugga ain't got no blood."

The film's title probably didn't do much for its marketing campaign, if there even was one. And really, that's the only area where this movie failed. It's like CB4 but funny. And relevant. Even to this day. Even if you don't like rap as much as I do.

Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer


The Spinal Tap of rap music, this mockumentary follows NWA (Niggas With Hats), on their rise to fame. Funnier than I expected.

Steve B.

Super Reviewer

Pretty funny; some excellent and easily recognizable parodies. Also some really good original music.

Jeff B

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