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      Fear of a Black Hat

      R Released Jun 3, 1994 1h 25m Comedy List
      83% Tomatometer 24 Reviews 86% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings This mock documentary follows sociologist Nina Blackburn (Kasi Lemmons) during the year she spends studying hip-hop artists Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff), Tasty-Taste (Larry B. Scott), Tone Def (Mark Christopher Lawrence) and a series of disappearing white managers. Every rap cliché is on display: sex, sexism, violent imagery and paint-peeling profanity -- all of it, the group insists, with a deeper political meaning -- plus the inevitable rivalry with other rappers and ultimately themselves. Read More Read Less

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      Anderson Jones Detroit Free Press What Rusty Cundieff, who wrote, directs and stars in the film, doesn't realize is that satire isn't just parody; it also requires razor-sharp insight. Rated: 2/4 Apr 26, 2022 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: B Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Peter Travers Rolling Stone The best hip-hop film of all. Rated: 3/4 Aug 14, 2007 Full Review Sheila Reid Women in the Life Director Rusty Cundieff manages to make the film entertaining with fresh gags and hilarious parodies of music videos. May 16, 2022 Full Review Jason Shawhan Nashville Scene If you've never seen this film but have love for hip-hop in your heart, you need to check it out. Sep 10, 2021 Full Review Nick Rogers Midwest Film Journal It lampoons the luminaries, yes, but gives their authentic anger, which came from a real place, the benefit of gentler nudges. Its greatest fury lambastes losers who embraced a gangster rap ethos to build a bank account, not let loose a battle cry. Rated: 4/5 May 30, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member It's ye olde cliche, but, if you like "This is Spinal Tap" (1984), you'll love "Fear of a Black Hat," and not just for the internal rhyme of it all. Larry B. Scott (better known as Lamar from the "Revenge of the Nerd" films) is not recognizable as Tasty Taste, and is so un-Lamar-like here, it will shock you. The sensitivity Mark Christopher Lawrence brings to Tone Def as the gangsta who goes all P.M. Dawn is so great, it's worth watching this one for his portrayal alone. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member AKA "This Is Spinal Rap" Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Andreas T This is a complete must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/21 Full Review Audience Member One of the most underrated movies I've seen. It's basically spinal tap for hip-hop. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member A true classic. One of (if not) the best mockumentary movie out there. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review william s It's not as good as Spinal Tap but it's in the neighborhood. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis This mock documentary follows sociologist Nina Blackburn (Kasi Lemmons) during the year she spends studying hip-hop artists Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff), Tasty-Taste (Larry B. Scott), Tone Def (Mark Christopher Lawrence) and a series of disappearing white managers. Every rap cliché is on display: sex, sexism, violent imagery and paint-peeling profanity -- all of it, the group insists, with a deeper political meaning -- plus the inevitable rivalry with other rappers and ultimately themselves.
      Director
      Rusty Cundieff
      Producer
      Darin Scott
      Screenwriter
      Rusty Cundieff
      Distributor
      Avatar Films, Columbia TriStar Home Video
      Production Co
      Incorporated Television Company, Oakwood Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 3, 1994, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 27, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $232.5K
      Runtime
      1h 25m
      Sound Mix
      Ultra-Stereo, Surround, Stereo
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