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Fear of a Black Hat (1993)

R | | Comedy, Music | 3 June 1994 (USA)
A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tone Def
Tasty Taste
Ice Cold
Nina Blackburn
Howie Gold ...
Guy Friesch
Backstage Manager #1
Bobby Mardis ...
Promoter #1
Promoter #2
Moon Jones ...
Jam Boy
Tim Hutchinson ...
Reggie Clay
Jam Boy (as Faizon)
Jam Boy
Darin Scott ...
Security Head
Vanilla Sherbet (as Devin Kamienny)
Jeff Burr ...
Chicago Cop


A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It Ain't where ya from. It's where ya HAT At!


Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for sexuality | See all certifications »





Release Date:

3 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Trial of N.W.H.  »

Box Office


$999,999 (estimated)


$238,230 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rusty Cundieff shot a version of the project on 3/4" video with a budget of only $600, which helped to sell it to investors. See more »


Around the 12-minute mark, the group is talking backstage with security about how their manager got "capped". Then the manager is with them later in the film. See more »


Tone Def: I need one of y'all to stick that bedpan underneath my ass.
Tasty Taste: It ain't THAT type of party.
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Crazy Credits

The movie continues alongside the credits. See more »


Spoofed in Tropic Thunder (2008) See more »


My Peanuts
Written by Rusty Cundieff and Larry Robinson
Performed by Rusty Cundieff, Mark Christopher Lawrence and Larry B. Scott
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The best "mockumentary" ever made
18 May 1999 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

"Fear Of A Black Hat" is everything the (much weaker) "CB-4" SHOULD have been. Rusty Cundieff's satirical eye is ruthless, as he folds, spindles, and mutilates every aspect of hip-hop trends and culture. Does "FoaBH" resemble Spinal Tap? Yes, a bit. Is it derivative of Spinal Tap? No, not really. The aim is more focused, the satire is better focused, and to be honest, it's funnier.

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