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Himself (Fat Boys)
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Darren Robinson ...
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Michael Lamont Bivins ...
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Himself (New Edition) (as Ralph Tresvant)
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In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove Records, which include Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Kurtis Blow, while Rick (Rubin) produces the label's 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 both compete for the heart of R&B singer Sheila E. Written by Anonymous

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The sexy singer. The sharp manager. The street-smart guys.They're rockin' it the hard way.... And in the streets, on the subways, and in the clubs, they're creating the sound no one's ever heard before. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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25 October 1985 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Several fights broke out between extras. Many Latinos were stating that Hip Hop was collaborated between black/brown while black extras argued that brown "influence" came later. This caused so much tension on set that Russell Simmons grabbed megaphone and shouted "Its Black invented but now everyone is rocking to it. So lets stop fighting and finish this movie".After this, cooler heads prevailed. See more »

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When the fat boys are singing all you can eat in the when they go to the cashier with the food if you look in front of the restaurant you will see a crew member standing at the door making sure nobody goes inside. You can also see people looking inside while the scene is being filmed. See more »

Quotes

Rick: That guy was a sucker, man. Carmen, file this.
[He hands her the "accounting book" -- a trashed out spiral notebook.]
Carmen: [rolls eyes and files the book by tossing it aside on a nearby table.]
Rick: Damn. Take all my money out of that bank.
Carmen: We don't have an account.
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The charcter of Russel Walker was based on the life of Russel Simmons. See more »

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Referenced in House Party (1990) See more »

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Fat Boys
Performed by The Fat Boys
Music by Kurtis Blow
Lyrics by Mark Morales (as M. Morales), Darren Robinson (as D. Robinson) and Damon Wimbley (as D. Wimbley)
Courtesy of Sutra Records
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If you like old school rap this movie is for you
12 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie about the struggles of early rap groups trying to make it big in the 80's when rap was not a popular music genre. This is not the most dramatic of movies by any stretch of the imagination, but if you like old school rap acts like RUN-DMC, The Beastie Boys, The Fat Boys, and LL Cool J you will find this movie entertaining. However if you are not familiar with the 80's rap scene you may not be very impressed with this movie. I though it would be a really stupid movie at first, but once I watched it I was impressed.


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