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Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond, a rap musician. With his long-time pal Gage acting as his manager, he's trying to lay down a demo tape with cut-rate ... See full summary »

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Denzel / Diamond (as Pras Michel)
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Cliff
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Kia
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Mr. White
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Baz
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Marshall
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Natalie
Elain R. Graham ...
Rose
Harry-O ...
Master Mix
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Mr. Chang
Jeff Jones ...
Minister
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Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond, a rap musician. With his long-time pal Gage acting as his manager, he's trying to lay down a demo tape with cut-rate studio time. To pay the bills, he and Gage run drugs for "Mr. B." Inside a week, Diamond's beloved mother dies suddenly, his father appears after an absence of 12 years and wants a relationship, and his girlfriend Kia tells him she's pregnant, asking him if he's ready to be a father. Gage steals $100,000 in a multiple-felony robbery so that Diamond can record a full album, not knowing it's Mr. B's money he's taken. B wants his money, Diamond wants his music, Tia wants an answer. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How you gonna win?

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Crime | Drama | Action | Music

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6 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ghetto Superstar  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$576,820 (USA) (8 September 2000)

Gross:

$1,244,676 (USA) (29 September 2000)
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The working title for the film was "Ghetto Superstar". See more »

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Diamond's father is not even pressing the keys when he is "playing" the piano in the arts academy. See more »

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Nothing special
16 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film where you think the hero is a good person, but he usually does some stupid things that in a moral movie woulnd't be redeemable. But not here. Pras has a fair performance here as a rap star who wants to make it big, legitimately, but he has to worry about his long time record producer, drug pusher and friend (Ja Rule in a not too bad first role), his father who returned after a 12 year absence and his girlfriend (Tamala Jones) who is pregnant. A couple of good points on the black music industry (literaly and figuratively) and a couple of stand out performances are cluttered by a lame excuse for a music video plot. Oh well, I guess you could catch this type of thing here, or somewhere else. Jason Statham is exceptional though as a british drug dealer, but even he can't help much. C+


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