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Know Thy Enemy (2009)

R | | Drama, Music | 26 May 2009 (USA)
Nemesis is the hottest rapper in rap's hottest city; Miami, the 305. But he has a little secret...he's not really a rapper. As a boy the artistic Nate Harris drew cartoons and dreamed of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nate Harris / Nemesis
Razor Ric
Andre L. Gainey ...
Raymond Harris
Lyndon Burden ...
D.J. Nealy ...
Young Nate
Tim Mackey ...
Ben Greene
Khambrel Robinson ...
Young Razor
Byron (as Kevin Walton)
Jerome Tubbs ...
Dough Dough


Nemesis is the hottest rapper in rap's hottest city; Miami, the 305. But he has a little secret...he's not really a rapper. As a boy the artistic Nate Harris drew cartoons and dreamed of changing the world. A record label discovers Nate's talent, and offers to make him a star, as a rapper. They create Nemesis, a Hip Hop gangster designed to sell records and spit hate. Fame quickly follows, but at a price. The fans demand true street cred, and to get it, Nate's label turns a fellow rapper and former childhood friend against Nate, spawning a rap feud. The feud quickly escalates into a war, and Nate is trapped in the reality of the fiction he has created. Nate is faced with a choice: Either become a superstar by giving Hip-Hop what it wants; a war between two rap rivals, or, give it what it needs; destroy his real rival, the fictional character and become a true hero; he has the ability to save hip hop...but can he save himself? Written by Anonymous

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rap | feud | hip hop | nemesis | fame | See All (15) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

26 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nemesis  »

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Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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(at around 40 mins) You can clearly see that his t-shirt is backwards. See more »


No Holding Back
Lyrics by Susie Abromeit
Music by Susie Abromeit
Performed by Susie Abromeit
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A pleasant surprise
8 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At first when I thought of watching this movie I had all of the negative doubts one would have about another "rapper movie". I thought that it would fall into the same clichéd traps so many large budget films tend to gravitate towards. What surprised me first was the story of the young boy who turns into the famous rapper and by "keeping it real" has to pretend to be a gangsta. .I felt that the duality was quite strong and felt quite real. That is paired with the record company creating a feud with Nate, the main character, and his longtime friend, Razor. The young actor, Sheaun McKinney, who plays Nate does a great job portraying Nate's inner turmoil while trying to keep up his street cred and retaliating against razor. Acting in this film, for the most part, is well directed and well played out with a couple of exceptions in the minor roles. This is to be expected in an independent production. The overall visual styling and editing were very good, but still showed traces of the work of an amateur. Certain edits seems a bit abrupt at times and others were a bit confusing as to what the intention was. Overall however the shots seemed well planned and very well lit.

My final verdict is 7 stars for a well put together film that kept me entertained and appealed to me visually. I will be sure to check out Lee Cipolla's work from here on in.

To give a one star review would be foolish and ignorant of the obvious hard work and talent this director has truly shown on only his second feature film.

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