The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop – VH1 – 2 hours
Nikki Jones is a smart girl with a George Washington University degree, but she gave up an opportunity at Harvard to work at Fouray Management, a hip hop management company. All Nikki wants is to be taken seriously as a future hip hop manager. DeeVee is a local producer that works out of his father’s garage. DeeVee wants that one artist that can make his music shine. David, Nikki’s boyfiend, is fighting is radio station,WPPS, to start playing hip hop again. He wants to be a program manager and bring real hip hop to its listener. Ahm is a local gangster with an amazing flow that can move any crowd. He wants more than his foreseen future on the streets. In Brooklyn, 1990, all these characters want is for real hip hop to get respect and never turn pop. Each has a hustle that is true and unique, but can they all get what they want?
Based off of the book, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, this period piece and a coming-of-age film will leave you wanting more (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The high-top fades, walkmans, and beepers will be a thing of nostalgia for you 90s teens. You will find yourself bobbing your head to the movie’s score of true hip hop like L.L. Cool J., Queen Latifah, and Eric B. & Rakim. The end will make you wish this movie has a part 2 or a TV series. VH1 has a true gem on their hands. But the final question at the end will truly make you say, “hummmmm”.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. Why are you screaming? – DeeVee
Yeah and I’m the President – Darryl Van Patten Sr.
This is a job. Not a hook-up – Fouray
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