In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker has all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove records, including Run-D.M.C., Dr... See full summary »
In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker has all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove records, including Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Kurtis Blow, while Rick (Rubin) produces their records. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell doesn't have the money to press records, he borrows money from a street hustler. At the same time, Russell and and his brother Run are both competing for the heart of R&B singer Sheila E. Written by
LL Cool J appears as himself in a scene halfway through the film where he auditions for Rick and the other Krush Groove management team. In that scene, it is presumed that LL Cool J is an unknown. However, near the beginning of the film, when Sheila E. is performing "A Love Bizarre" in a club, the name "LL Kool J" (sic) can be seen written on the chalkboard behind her on stage. The chalkboard is still seen during other performances before LL Cool J makes his appearance. See more »
Forget it, man. C'mon ... I think this guy's gay.
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Hip-hop musical about the semi-fictionalized early days of Def Jam Recordings. Blair Underwood stars as Russell Walker (Simmons in real life), but all of the musical acts are portrayed by the actual people. This includes Run DMC, Sheila E., the Fat Boys, and Kurtis Blow, who make up the bulk of the plot (which is actually not too bad for what amounts to a series of musical performances). New Edition, LL Cool J and The Beastie Boys, as well as a few other forgotten artists, also appear briefly. Of course these acts were all on Def Jam, so the movie is little more than a commercial for these musicians, but who cares? The music is freaking awesome, and there's a ton of it. It's corny as Hell, but it left an enormous smile on my face. Just try to watch it without overdosing on giddiness during the Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat" number. You can't! It's impossible!
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