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HipHopBattle.com: Hip Hop 4 Life (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | January 2002 (USA)
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As Devon prepares for the hiphop battle that will make or break him as an MC his personal relationships feel the effect.


David Velo Stewart



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Credited cast:
George Baynard Jr. George Baynard Jr. ... Terrence
Michael Bell Sr. Michael Bell Sr. ... Mr. Lincoln (Devon's Father)
Blacknile Blacknile ... John
Da Boogie Man Da Boogie Man ... Kenny
D'Epitome D'Epitome ... Roger
EbonyFaith EbonyFaith ... Rochelle
Suave Gotti Suave Gotti ... Smoke
Danielle Green Danielle Green ... Jessica
Cassandra Hines Cassandra Hines ... Anita
Kem Machete Kem Machete ... Mackie
Q-Nice Q-Nice ... Devon
Jabazz Snipes Jabazz Snipes ... Hydro (emcee)
Tragedy Styles Tragedy Styles ... Street Person


A young man named Devon is passionate about hip-hop, but is constantly clashing with his friends, his girlfriend, and his father due to the demands of his preparation for the hip-hop battle that could launch his career. Written by L. J. Allen-2

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality, violence, language and drug content






Release Date:

January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

HipHopBattle.com: Hip Hop for Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA


Box Office


$12,000 (estimated)
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Kenny: There's a way to do it man and I'm not asking you to talk to the crowd. I'm asking you to, like, be at one with 'em. Show 'em your feminine side.
Devon: Hold on, wait a minute. Feminine side? Hold on, whoa!
Kenny: Yeah, your feminine side.
Devon: Hold on, now if you expect me to walk around on a stage like RuPaul or something like that, then you got another thing (interrupted by Kenny)
Kenny: Ti-ti-time out. Boy slow down. I'm talking about the side of you man that gives birth!
Devon: What?
Kenny: Follow me. The part of you that gives ...
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Like a 94 minute advert for a battle rap website, knowhatImsayin?
20 February 2016 | by Seth_Rogue_OneSee all my reviews

This movie barely has a plot, and is done solely to get attention for the (real) battle-rappers' involved in this' website.

The lead guy does have a bit of charisma and he does make this somewhat watchable AT TIMES, however after that ending which literally turns this movie into a advert with literally a message from the love-interest of the lead telling the viewers to log on to their website...

Like in the actual movie, not in the credits, not after the story of the movie is wrapped up but as a part of a final introspective look of what the character have been through throughout the movie she says something like "and I couldn't have done it without my friends on **********.com"

I'm not gonna write the name of the site and give them even more advertisement, however it actually shows up as a subtitle here on IMDb so I guess it's not hard to figure out, the DVD I bought was simply called HIP HOP 4 LIFE though.

And unlike for instance 8 MILE where the battlers seemed to be doing their best, it's obvious that they are pretending to be worse than they are at times in order for our main guy to be able to out-battle them, so even the battles are barely worth your time.

As far as the plot goes yeah there is really not much to talk about there it's random everyday scenes of the main guy and his friends in between battles and the dialogue is for the more part pretty damn bad.

I was going to say that the budget of the movie was probably just a couple thousands, and low and behold IMDb states it at 12.000 dollars and that's probably mostly gone to payments for locking down locations to film in, film equipment rentals and transportation plus VHS tapes to film it on, I actually wouldn't be surprised if it was filmed on VHS cause it doesn't look good at all.

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