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Fear of a Black Hat [Import]
In the hilarious tradition of This Is Spinal Tap, urban- comedy hit Fear of A Black Hat is a slyly subversive satire that smashes stereotypes as it skewers Gangsta Rap. Chronicling the controversial career of bad boys N.W.H. (Niggaz Wit Hats), this uproarious mockumentary? lampoons all of hardcore rap's hot-button issues, violence, censorship, white rappers, ruthless record industry types, and livin' large while keepin' it real. Through the guerilla lens of writer/director Rusty Cundieff, this underground laugh riot reveals the rise, fall and resurrection of this clueless bunch of would-be rappers Ice Cold, Tone-Def & Tasty Taste as N.W.H. Delivering hysterical music videos along with raw outtakes, Fear of A Black Hat is a cult classic that critic Roger Ebert calls "funny and fresh."
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A black woman (college-educated, oh-so-serious public TV type) is filming a documentary on a three-man rap group from the streets. Calling their mean selves Niggas With Hats (NWH), they're very concerned, at least while on camera (which is all we see) with maintaining their "hood" persona.
All their managers are mysteriously shot dead while NWH are "out of town" (wink, nudge). Early on they switch from using family members as managers to employing Jewish white boys. Before the film ends, they go through six of these poor fellows.
The dialog between the group and their middle-aged Caucasian record company owner is sidesplitting. With misplaced confidence, the businessman feels compelled to speak street talk in a doomed attempt to bond with his artists. We watch the astonished faces of our rappers as they listen to his ludicrous slang, which dates back to Malcolm X's time.
NWH even puts out a Christmas album called "Ho, Ho, Ho's." A rival rap group dogs their rise to fame, each outfit trying to destroy the other. NWH finally prevails, however, when it's discovered that the opposition's lead singer went to a prep school and even edited its yearbook. His career ruined, the antagonist and his crew are banished in shame.
There's an angry Spike Lee wannabe and an opening act, Vanilla Sherbet, a bouncy white rapper who insists he was raised by a black family. The concert audiences are pimply white youth who ape the group's moves, clothing and speech mannerisms and for whom the rappers can barely disguise their utter contempt.
Relating these details in no way spoils the fun, for it's the telling of the tale and the facial expressions of those to whom all of this happens that make the movie.
No matter what your age or background, you'll be howling out loud at many parts of this parody. See it soon.
This movie is to Hip Hop, what Spinal Tap was to Metal. Either way even if you just know a little about the rap scene of the 90's you will roll laughing. The scene where the security guards have Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff) outside of his car, and he has like 50 people with vidoe cameras and even the guy from the courtroom painting his portrait, "Cuz ain't gonna be no mo' rodney king up in here" will bring tears to your eys from laughter....... Until next time y'all. "Wear yo' Hat!"
Most recent customer reviews
the "jokes" are all telegraphed and almost all of them not funny at all. this is nowhere near as good as the rock group spoof "this is spinal tap. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004 by J. Duncan
This movie is a cult classic. The movie on the DVD is great and the commentary is good and the Hosted feature is funny. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2003 by R. Pike
This movie was enjoyable from beginning to end. Alot better than CB4 which was okay but definitely not as gag laden as this film in the mockery of a behind the music documentary. Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by Sal Paradise
Nope, I'm not going to spoil the joke! You'll just have to watch it yourselves. This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. My DVD is on the way!Published on July 9 2003 by J. Zimmatore
Was really looking forward to this one, but was disappointed it wasn't transferred in 16x9 anamorphic for wide-screen sets. Read morePublished on July 8 2003
My life was complete after I saw Fear of A Black Hat. It's about time the DVD came out and the The Man stopped holdin' Ice, Taste-T and Tone down. Read morePublished on July 1 2003 by N. Steele