Which Hip-Hop Movies Are The True Classics?
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper: Chuckway of the Stomp Down Soldiers
This Week's Subject(s): The hip-hop movies people keep emailing us about
A great big high-five goes to Chuckway of the Stomp Down Soldiers - him, M.U.G. and J-Dawg - for stepping in on super-short notice for this interview. Also, if you haven't seen it yet, make sure you watch the video for J-Dawg's "Back Trippin'." It's a perfect six-minute snapshot of why he's beginning to be labeled Houston's next great gangster rapper.
Ask A Rapper: We get a lot of people emailing asking us to ask rappers about which movies they like or don't like whatever, so we figured we'd sort of mash all the requests into one interview about the five most mentioned titles from reader emails.
We're gonna lob a couple of the movie titles up to you, and you tell us where they rank relative to other hip-hop movies. Let's go.
Chuckway: Juice is gonna always be a classic to a real nigga.
Ask A Rapper: Oh, man. When we were growing up, this was the lick. You had Tupac, who was crazy as shit; Omar Epps, who was all kinds of kewl; and the fat kid from that Morgan Freeman movie where he plays the hard-nosed school principal. That's, like, the three pillars of a good movie.
C: I don't know about Breakin' 2. Never seen it 'cause I have no interest in that kinda shit.
AAR: It's hard to pick this over the original (in which Jean Claude Van Damme makes a brief cameo, by the way), but it was just all-around loads better, mostly on account of that Puerto Rican girl who didn't speak English and that scene when Turbo dances with the broom.
C: Hustle & Flow is one of my favorites 'cause I felt that nigga's struggle 100 percent.
AAR: This absolutely should've been a terrible movie, and remains to be the only movie DJ Qualls has ever been in that wasn't just godawful, but it turned out to be very well done. It might've been Terrence Howard's breakout performance. Also, Ludacris got the snot beat out of him, which is never not good.
C: Same with 8 Mile. Eminem painted the perfect picture in 8 Mile 'cause it showed the world that some white people share the same struggle, and he was able to maintain through stormy weather.
AAR: I liked this movie. A lot. Sorry.
C: House Party was the shit growing up. It taught us how to have fun.
AAR: "It's the P-L-A-Y/ Here to say hi/ Asking you may I/ Tell you 'bout the day I/ Picked up the microphone, the pad and the pen/ The legend of the champ begins." We didn't even have to look that up.