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Play'd: A Hip Hop Story (2002)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 26 June 2002
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.


Oz Scott


Cory Tynan

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Credited cast:
Rashaan Nall ... Jaxx
Toni Braxton ... Shonda
Faizon Love ... Domino Breed
Sharissa Sharissa ... Yanesha
Merlin Santana ... Mayhem
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lawrence B. Adisa ... Bangs
Philip Bolden ... Little Jimmy
Larry Brown ... Benard (as Laurence Brown)
DeRay Davis ... Jaxx's Bodyguard
Freedom ... Bodyguard
Jacory Gums ... Dooz
Enoch Harris Enoch Harris ... Singer
Frankie Richards Frankie Richards ... Singer
Craig Robinson ... Cole
Tre Ryan ... 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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Plot Keywords:

rap | hip hop | african american | See All (3) »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






Release Date:

26 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hip Hop War See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.77 : 1
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Your basic Tupac and Biggie story
10 July 2004 | by PJaMz4evaSee all my reviews

Your Basic Tupac and Biggie story just different names Jaxx(reppin' Biggie) & Mayhem(reppin' Tupac). Very good movie 8/10. Although Jaxx's rappin' didn't match with his look..well voice. I doubt that wuz his voice. But it's good 2 watch check it out whenever it's on. It recently aired 2 weeks ago back in late June on BET Friday night. Merlin Santana the one playin' Mayhem is definitely a looker *May he RIP*. Faizon's part as like some1 mentioned before is definitely Shug Knight-like. The story tells many lessons 2 be learned ya know that old saying "Sticks and stones can break my bones. But words will never hurt" well in the world of Hip Hop/Gangsta Rap they hurt more than ya think.

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