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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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25 October 1985 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Spike Lee inquired about the possibility of working as an assistant director to help fund his film She's Gotta Have It (1986) but didn't get the job. See more »

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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 »

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Rick: Forget it, man. C'mon ... I think this guy's gay.
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References Beat Street (1984) See more »

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Tender Love
Performed by Force M.D.'s
Written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) and Terry Lewis
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Some of Rap's first major players
25 April 2003 | by (Renton, WA USA) – See all my reviews

The storyline is a familiar about trying to make it big and how sometimes that means selling your soul to the devil but find redemption in the end etc. The difference here is many of rap music's early stars take a turn at acting. They do all right. I think that Blair Underwood inspired them to do a decent turn.

The main attraction now is the nostalgia of seeing Kurtis Blow, Run-DMC, The Fat Boys and New Edition perform. Also there are cameos from the young Beastie Boys and a skinny LL Cool J.


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