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Fear of a Black Hat (1993)

R | | Comedy, Music | 3 June 1994 (USA)
A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.

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Rusty Cundieff

Writer:

Rusty Cundieff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Tone Def
Larry B. Scott ... Tasty Taste
Rusty Cundieff ... Ice Cold
Kasi Lemmons ... Nina Blackburn
Howie Gold Howie Gold ... Guy Friesch
G. Smokey Campbell ... Backstage Manager #1
Bobby Mardis Bobby Mardis ... Promoter #1
Brad Sanders ... Promoter #2
Moon Jones Moon Jones ... Jam Boy
Tim Hutchinson Tim Hutchinson ... Reggie Clay
Faizon Love ... Jam Boy (as Faizon)
Deezer D ... Jam Boy
Darin Scott ... Security Head
Devin Kamin Devin Kamin ... Vanilla Sherbet (as Devin Kamienny)
Jeff Burr ... Chicago Cop
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A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It Ain't where ya from. It's where ya HAT At!

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trial of N.W.H. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$999,999 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$238,230
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After the break up of N.W.H., Ice Cold formed his own group, the Ice Plant ( a parody of the group C&C Music Factory). Tone Def became a flower-child emcee (a reference to P.M. Dawn) and released a song similar to the group's signature hit "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss." Meanwhile, Tasty Taste also went solo and released several dis tracks ( a reference to the practice of some emcees at that time and was also practiced by the remaining N.W.A. members after Ice Cube went solo ). See more »

Goofs

Around the 12-minute mark, the group is talking backstage with security about how their manager got "capped". Then the manager is with them later in the film. See more »

Quotes

Tiffini: [in a Japanese accent] I talk Japanese, but I sing Black. Like Paula Abdul.
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

An edited version for television has the profanity replaced with sound effects and the actors' mouths are blocked with images of hats. Hats are also used to block nudity, scatological images, and profanity in the song titles. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Gorillas in the Mist (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Guerrillas in the Midst
Written by Rusty Cundieff, John Bautista and Darin Scott
Performed by Rusty Cundieff, Mark Christopher Lawrence and Larry B. Scott
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Finally, a rap comedy for opera lovers
16 December 1998 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

I'm too old to know (or care) exactly what the difference between rap and hip-hop is. And, being Canadian, it's likely that I've never actually seen MTV, but I'm not certain.

But I thought this film was very funny when I saw it, a bright little satire. Hip-hop culture is so pervasive these days that it's difficult not to keep hearing about it over and over. (If only we could say the same about bagpipe music.) I got most of the jokes (at least I think I did). Sure, it's derived from Spinal Tap, but there are lots of targets that could stand a Tap treatment. Just not the Carpenters, they're sacred.


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