The first half of Charles Stone III’s surprisingly artful cautionary tale glorifies the exploits of three drug dealers in ’80s Harlem (hence the titular reference to Eric B. & Rakim’s 1987 rap classic of the same name), while the second half scorns the lifestyle with far more vigor than one would expect in a movie from Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Films. Phifer and Harris give truly masterful performances as childhood friends who realize the nightmarish consequences of fulfilling their childhood dreams.
Genre: Drama; Starring: Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer, Cam'ron, Regina Hall, Chi McBride, Esai Morales; Director: Charles Stone III; Author: Matthew Cirulnick, Thulani Davis; Runtime (in minutes): 93; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Dimension Films
Posted April 11 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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