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Gang Tapes -- A young gang member discovers a digital camcorder during a car-jacking and uses it to document his violent life.
Gang Tapes -- When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.


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A coming of Rage story
When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers. | Add synopsis »
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Darris Love ... Alonzo
Darontay McClendon ... Cyril
Don Cambell ... Travis

Six Reasons ... Erik
Trivell ... Kris
Sonja Marie ... Kris' Mother
Aura Ruiz ... Khandi
Tasheia Woodward ... Kris' Sister
Andrew Stoddard ... Tourist Father

Michelle McGinty ... Tourist Mother (as Michelle Marie White)
Rochelle ... Tourist Daughter
Kevin Wiseman ... Tourist Son
Dwayne Whitehead ... Rodney

Bruce Lemon ... Jerald

Champagne Powell ... Home Invasion Father
Nancy Whitworth ... Home Invasion Mother
Nana Murphy ... Home Invasion Daughter
Tramonde Myers ... Big Loco
Lil' Skrappy ... Kris' Killer / Rival in Red
Celeste Bowen ... Raven
Kojo Lewis ... Minister at Funeral
Bradrick Walker ... Eight Ball
Lavale Booth ... Bully 1
Lafayette Braxton ... Bully 2
Aletha Spann ... Female Crackhead
Hajii King ... Freestyle Rapper
T. Dennis ... Crackhead on Bike
Lance Peters ... Skeeter
Shirley Hill ... Cyril's Mother
Boo Kapone ... Himself

Directed by
Adam Ripp 
Writing credits
Steven Wolfson (written by) &
Adam Ripp (written by)

Produced by
Quentin Drew .... associate producer
David H. Goodman .... producer
Adam Ripp .... producer
Artie Ripp .... executive producer
Steven Wolfson .... co-producer
Original Music by
Derek Barbosa  (as Chino XL)
Cinematography by
Keith L. Smith 
Film Editing by
Tina Imahara 
Casting by
Betsy Fels 
Anissa Williams 
Production Design by
Thomas A. Brown 
Set Decoration by
Tchia Casselle 
Costume Design by
Angela Potts 
Makeup Department
Alexandrea A. Bouska .... special makeup effects artist
Kemi Cooks .... department head hair
Production Management
Christi Tidman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tahmel T. Dennis .... first assistant director
Eddie L. Watkins .... second unit director
Sound Department
Lionel Ball .... sound mixer
Jon Oh .... sound designer
Woody Stubblefield .... boom operator
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Brisco .... gaffer
Music Department
JD Hopkins .... music supervisor
Flip Floyd Wilcox .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Patrick J. Gorman .... production legal
Andre Hargunani .... script supervisor
David Albert Pierce .... production counsel
Christi Tidman .... accountant

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Rated R for strong violence, language, drug use and some sexuality
91 min
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The scene in which Darontay McClendon's character Cyril hits another man with a tire iron is based on an incident in McClendon's own life for which he did 15 months in prison.See more »


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Complete Garbage, Not realistic - see my perspective, 17 April 2015
Author: Curtis Malachi

For starters to understand my perspective I grew up in East St. Louis, Il more specifically Washington Park. (look it up -99% African American, gang affiliated, literally most violent city in the country yes worst than Detroit). I'm African American and were gang affiliated. I've lost friends and family to the streets, Seen people die, shot and been shot at.

This is the most fictitious story I've ever seen. I watched and skimmed through this for the first time today on Netflix. probably never seen the any part of a real gang neighborhood, and wanted to shoot his racist perception of black America with cheap non gang member actors

Regarding the Gang violence seen: This is not at all reality , first off gang members, we don't really like bs like social media or being photographed with other gang members and certainly not being recorded. When i was an active in gang life, we wouldn't let anyone record us talking about or committing crimes or anything of that nature. as seen in this film rape, cooking "crack", shootings, murder, assault, home invasion, false imprisonment/kidnapping, armed robbery, and unlawful display of a firearm. And certainly you don't go saying your name and what gang you are to the one time (police) Camera = STATEEVIDENCE.

In regards to how Black Americans were perceived: This movie really did not portray life as a black American, so our apologies to all the non Americans that commented saying how amazing this movie was. This movie is as far-fetched as it would be for me to write about life in the country where your from or hell better yet, what its like to live in Jupiter 500 years from now. In the video parts that i seen, was the boy talking to his sister and asking her to do her homework she was proud that she did not do it, and despite chewing food claimed not to eat because her brother wouldn't feed her. Fun fact, Most Black children start learning to cook as early as age 3, especially females. By age 9 they're able to cook full meals, and entrusted in the kitchen with most everything except grease. Also children of single mothers, usually in most cases have more respect for their female siblings and females in general. Also Black people aren't at all uneducated. The quality of education however is lacking. The system is designed to pay less to teachers in areas with denser black population, provide less resources, lower standardization and expectations. There for we don't have the same opportunity to learn and the teachers whom we do have, are really there for the paycheck and could care less for the student. For the information we do get, What we deem useful we retain, and we attempt to increase our knowledge in. But truly, we cant learn what we're unaware of. For instance. Growing up the high school counselor's didn't have conversations with us regarding college, Not with the black kids. It was conversations about joining the military or job corps. My Gpa was high 3's. With some of the kids i knew who were white, same or lower gpa's and same counselors, those conversation included college applications, grants and scholarships. Myself and majority of the people i went to school with Graduated, rather through traditional school or alternative. but those whom didn't because of whatever life circumstance, still seek and achieved obtaining a GED. Which is why in this country even though, to get a GED you have to pass a testing equivalent to what would be required to pass an exit exam in High school, the GED is looked down upon. Because it really shows we have the ability to learn, comprehend, and apply the same knowledge at the same level and dedication regardless of the drop out rate.

A Black person can go to college, work hard, and even possibly own a business and yet still wont have (according to researchers) the same value, social standing, or net-worth as a Caucasian person, who perhaps had an equally or even poorer upbringing and debt. Another things is that same broken education system doesn't take the time to teach us about 401k, investments, credit, insurance, and other benefits, that help us set our self up financially , what is taught is state aid, food stamps, and slavery always is a big topic especially in February (black history month). The reason why slavery is a big topic in black history month is because politically that's all we were seen as and will be seen as, and the only history they want blacks to know, not the accomplishments that we do have, or the potential to become more. So we learn an ancestral hatred for whites due to a deep everlasting hurt and try to gain understanding while still being oppressed and being taught to oppress ourselves at the same time. *But what should be taught and what you should know is how beautiful our culture is, how tolerant we are to injustice, and how creative blacks are. In bible stories like Moses and other stories like Cleopatra, Egyptians are always portrayed as Caucasians, because as beautifully crafted that culture is, whites cannot place into comprehension blacks being sophisticated, educated, creative, or talented enough, and never the less, being a dominant race to have such a huge part of history. Think about it 400 years just with the Egyptians enslaving the Jews. and how old is America? a little over half. Its the same reasons why now and days there's a white actor playing the lead role in most American made Asian films.

Anyway point is this movie was unrealistic and garbage. The only reason the actors played this was for a check and the only reason the director/writers made this was out of their own ignorance and there need to project their racist and invalid views of what blacks are about.

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