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Writer (WGA):
Cory Tynan (written by)
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Release Date:
26 June 2002 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rashaan Nall ... Jaxx

Toni Braxton ... Shonda

Faizon Love ... Domino Breed
Sharissa ... Yanesha

Merlin Santana ... Mayhem
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lawrence B. Adisa ... Bangs

Philip Bolden ... Little Jimmy

Laurence Brown ... Benard

DeRay Davis ... Jaxx's Bodyguard

Freedom ... Bodyguard

Jacory Gums ... Dooz
Enoch Harris ... Singer
Frankie Richards ... Singer

Craig Robinson ... Cole

Tre Ryan ... Club Patron

Dex Elliott Sanders ... Skeem

Brittany Scott Smith ... Girl at Concert (as Brittany Scott)
Maurice Welch ... Singer
Kaleti Williams ... Bodyguard #2 (credit only)

Raina Lewis ... Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Oz Scott 
Writing credits
Cory Tynan (written by)

Produced by
Bill Borden .... executive producer
Bill Borden .... producer
Melissa Cobb .... executive producer
Gina E. Ross .... associate producer
Cory Tynan .... co-producer
Original Music by
Kurt Farquhar 
Film Editing by
James Wilcox 
Production Design by
Bruton Jones 
Art Direction by
Richard N. McGuire 
Set Decoration by
Charlie Brownell 
Production Management
Margaret Hilliard .... unit production manager
Art Department
Bill Brownell .... graphics
Joshua Cheek .... additional props
Matthew C. Kime .... assistant property master
Michael Panevics .... property master
Sound Department
David Beres .... sound mixer
Don Hale .... sound playback
George E. Marshall Jr. .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Fisher .... grip
Greg Flores .... grip
Keith Mentze .... grip
William A. Purcell .... additional grip
Tony Ritter .... grip
Joel A. Ruiz .... electrician
Diego Sanchez .... grip
Kennith G. Smith .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Shawn Stoddard .... grip
George Wells .... key grip (as George A. Wells)
Casting Department
Niki Boyle .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sherrie Jordan .... costumer
Editorial Department
Chris Kirkpatrick .... additional editor
Location Management
Lisa S. Rothmuller .... location scout
Frederick G. Schroeder .... assistant location manager (as Rick Schroeder)
Golden Swenson .... assistant location manager (as Rob Swenson)
Music Department
Ron Finn .... music editor
Brian King .... composer: additional music
Chris The Glove Taylor .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Scott Anderson .... transportation captain
Leonard Jefferson .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Ray Felipe .... script researcher
Carrie Black Gallison .... production coordinator
Cy Grospe .... production assistant
Iris Huezo .... production assistant
Christie Kwan .... assistant: Mr. Borden
Suzanne C. Swindle .... script supervisor

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Rated R for violence and some drug use
87 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Good Hip-Hop Industry Related Telemovie, 22 March 2003
Author: dragoneyez01 from USA

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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