Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
4 Harlem teens, Q, Bishop, Raheem and Steel, are out skipping school one day when they find out an old friend was killed in a shootout at a bar. After this, Bishop tells his friends that they have no respect, or juice. To get some, they rob a corner grocery store, but things take an unexpected turn. Only the four friends know what happened, but one of them is out for himself.Written by
Oran "Juice" Jones is most famous for his 1986 Grammy-nominated hit "The Rain". See more »
When Bishop and "Q" are on the ground of the roof in the final fight scene, you can briefly see a foot of somebody else in the corner of the screen even though they are supposed to be alone on the rooftop. See more »
Thought you'd be lookin' for transportation outta town by now.
Trip, man. You gotta tell me what's goin' on.
You done slid down a razor blade and landed in an alcohol river. Word is you killed Raheem. And Quillis. And Radames.
That's bullshit, man! You know me better than that!
I don't know that.
C'mon, Trip, you known me since I was a kid.
I known a lotta killers since they was kids.
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Does Your Man Know About Me
Written by Rahiem (as Guy Williams), Roosevelt Simmons and M. Bryant
Performed by Rahiem
Produced by Rough Daddy Smooth & The Players
Co-Produced by Tony "Champagne" Silvester See more »
This is a hip-hop classic that I could definitely relate to being from NYC, and having been in a click of four friends since grade school. The film has a great pace and rhythm from start to finish, never a dull moment. Tupac displayed the raw talent and anger that resides in most inner city youth who simply want respect. Unfortunately respect came at a price, which the film was precisely able to convey, through strong performances by Tupac, and by Omar Epps, as the aspiring DJ, in their first featured roles. Samuel L. Jackson has a noticeable role as a pool hall owner, and young Queen Latifah does her thing as the Ruffhouse MC. Ernest Dickerson does an excellent job with capturing the energy of Harlem in an honest way, not dressed as a stereo-typical slum or focused on the historic 125th street, but neutral to lay the groundwork for the true challenges that living in Harlem has to offer these four young men. A classic!!
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