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This mock documentary follows sociologist Nina Blackburn (Kasi Lemmons) during the year she spends studying hip-hop artists Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff), Tasty-Taste (Larry B. Scott), Tone Def (Mark Christopher Lawrence) and a series of disappearing white managers. Every rap cliché is on display: sex, sexism, violent imagery and paint-peeling profanity -- all of it, the group insists, with a deeper political meaning -- plus the inevitable rivalry with other rappers and ultimately themselves.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (3)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The best hip-hop film of all.

    August 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    June 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • If Mr. Cundieff doesn't match the satirical genius of Mr. Reiner's film, he does understand the rules of the game.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 03, 2011
    "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.
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  • Jan 05, 2007
    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

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