Play'd: A Hip Hop Story (2002)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  26 June 2002 (USA)
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An up and coming rap artist struggling to find his own voice winds up in the middle of a dangerous turf war when egos violently collide within the music industry.



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Credited cast:
Domino Breed
Sharissa ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Little Jimmy
Laurence Brown ...
Jaxx's bodyguard
Freedom ...
Enoch Harris ...
Frankie Richards ...
Club Patron


Jaxx is an aspiring rapper/singer who is signed to a west coast record label run by Domino Breed, a tyrant who rules almost every aspect of his artist's career - and life. Similar to the real events leading to the death of 2Pac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., a east coast/west coast battle goes on leading to death and deceit. Written by WJ

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Rated R for violence and some drug use | See all certifications »




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26 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Hip Hop War  »

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Good Hip-Hop Industry Related Telemovie
22 March 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

VH1 did a good job at creating this fictional East Coast / West Coast rap war movie. It's very similar to the real-life events involving Bad Boy and Death Row records in the mid-90s.

Quick plot summary. The movie surrounds Jaxx, part of a rap duo who is enticed by Domino Breed, a record exec tyrant, to join Breed's record label to pursue a solo career. Jaxx does so, but in the process, begins a relationship with up-and-coming R&B songstress, Yanesha, and destroying his relationship with his wife, Shonda. When an east coast / west coast rap war begins, Jaxx becomes threatened.

I enjoyed seeing two real-life musicians playing rolls in this movie. Toni Braxton (who's had hits like "Unbreak My Heart" and "You're Makin' Me High") and Sharissa (her first single, "Any Other Night", did decently in early 2002), both contributed good performances in this movie. The rest of the cast did well, though I've never heard of them before this.

Overall, VH1 created an above average telemovie that is loosely based on a real rap war. Good performances, a good soundtrack, and good direction.

Rating: 7/10

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