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(2005)

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Al Kapone's involvement in the film came from a case of mistaken identity. Director Craig Brewer was expecting a phone call from DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard) because he wanted to hire Paul to write the songs that DJay would perform. Kapone, who knew Brewer from the Memphis music scene, decided to call him at that very same time. He told Brewer that the movie needed to have his music in it and Brewer immediately agreed. After a few minutes of small talk, Brewer realized he was talking to the wrong person. Too embarrassed to back out of the deal, Brewer told Kapone that he could audition with one song. Kapone had only 24 hours to write a song for DJay. He was sent the script by courier and was given Terrence Howard's phone number to discuss the character. The next day, Kapone performed "Hustle & Flow (It Ain't Over)" for Brewer and producer John Singleton. They loved the song so much, they used an additional three of Kapone's songs for the soundtrack.
Members of the hip-hop group, Three 6 Mafia, who won an Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for A Pimp" make cameos in the film.
While filming in Memphis, Tennessee, Anthony Anderson and assistant director Wayne Witherspoon were arrested and charged with sexual assault on a woman who Witherspoon allegedly lured to a production trailer. Charges against Anderson were later thrown out by the presiding judge.
DJay says the word "man" 221 times throughout the course of the movie.
There are numerous references to Memphis-based musicians in the film: The character of Shelby was named after Shelby Bryant, a singer-songwriter from Memphis. In one scene, Shelby is wearing a T-shirt with the logo of Sam Phillips's Memphis Recording Service studio. In another scene, Shelby wears a T-shirt of Lucero, a local country-rock band. Many of the studio musicians who played for Stax Records, the legendary Memphis-based record label, play on the original score. Isaac Hayes, who plays Arnel, recorded for Stax Records. The cover of the 1974 Stax album "Victim of the Joke?" by Memphian David Porter is stapled to DJay's work table. Otis Redding, who also recorded for Stax Records, is mentioned in one scene. Al Green's song "Jesus is Waiting" is heard during one scene. Memphis native Josey Scott of the band Saliva, appears as a store owner. Members of the popular rap group Three 6 Mafia appear in the film. Paul Beauregard plays DJay's neighbor and Jordan Houston plays Skinny Black's brother. Haystak, Free Sol and Al Kapone are local rappers who appear in the film.
Although there are numerous references to famous Memphis-based musicians in the film, Craig Brewer deliberately avoided any direct references to Elvis Presley. In an interview, Brewer said: "That was a rule. No Elvis."
Terrence Howard interviewed 123 pimps and 78 prostitutes over a period of two and a half years. This process included living with four separate pimps for various periods, including a month-long stint in a Memphis bordello.
The film is dedicated to Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis Presley and founded Sun Records. Philliips' do-it-yourself aesthetic inspired Craig Brewer to write the film.
The gold watch DJay wears that belonged to his late father actually belonged to Craig Brewer's late father and mentor, Walter.
Craig Brewer added several touches from his personal life in the script: his wife worked in a strip club, then got pregnant, he would have to turn off the air conditioning to edit or the fuse would blow out and he actually saw a black pimp with a white braids-wearing hooker in a car trying to hustle up some business near a local hotel.
The filmmakers convinced star Terrence Howard to live in Memphis for a while before production started to learn the dialect and get the feel of the place.
Distribution rights were sold to Paramount Pictures/MTV Films at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for a festival record $9 million.
The film was financed by John Singleton.
Lindsay Roberts makes a brief appearance as a character named Harper. She is reprising a role she played in Craig Brewer's first film The Poor & Hungry (2000).
Won the Audience Award also at the 2005 Nashville Film Festival
Garrett Hedlund auditioned for the role of Shelby, but was considered too pretty.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Skinny Black's entourage member who is shot by DJay is rapper I-20 (Bobby Sandimanie, who in real life was discovered by Ludacris; I-20 collaborated with Ludacris on his debut rap album 'Incognegro').

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