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Fear of a Black Hat


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  • Actors: Rusty Cundieff, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Kasi Lemmons, Larry B. Scott, Nancy Giles
  • Directors: Rusty Cundieff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Henstooth Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015XHP1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,572 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In the tradition of This Is Spinal Tap comes this hilarious comedy about the greatest rap group that never was. This slyly subversive satire smashes racial stereotypes while it skewers the entire world of Gangsta Rap. Chronicling the controversial career of bad boys N.W.H. (Niggaz With Hats), this uproarious 'mockumentary' lampoons all of hardcore rap's hot-button issues: violence, censorship, white rappers and ruthless record industry types. Through the guerilla lens of writer/director Rusty Cundieff, this underground laugh riot recounts the rise, fall and resurrection of a clueless bunch of would-be rappers Ice Cold, Tone-Def & Tasty Taste performing as N.W.H. Fear Of A Black Hat is a cult classic that critic Roger Ebert calls "funny and fresh." Features include: Audio Commentary by Director Rusty Cundieff; Original Theatrical Trailers; Music Videos; Deleted Scenes; Cast Interviews; Widescreen Format (Aspect ratio 1.85:1)

Customer Reviews

This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.
J. Zimmatore
This movie had a great story line, good pacing and very catchy original music.
Charles R. Gross
Well, I am not going to say the same things that have already been said.
MamboCha.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2003
Format: DVD
When a friend reccomended this movie, some time ago, I was kind of reluctent to rent a movie about a rap group that has a thing about hats. I eventually broke down and did rent it. This movie is a great satire/parody of rap and its' various movers and sometime shakers. The obvious comparison between this movie and This is spinal tap begins and ends with the music element. Fear of a black hat hits every social/cultural hot button there is while streaming along with truly funny developments that mirror real life events. In short buy this movie and laugh your ass off.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Doubet on November 13, 2003
Format: DVD
You don't have to know a thing about rap music to love this screamingly funny satire about culture clash, the media, fame, hypocrisy and a lot more.
A black woman (college-educated, oh-so-serious public TV type) is filming a documentary on a three-man rap group from the streets. Calling their mean selves Niggas With Hats (NWH), they're very concerned, at least while on camera (which is all we see) with maintaining their "hood" persona.
All their managers are mysteriously shot dead while NWH are "out of town" (wink, nudge). Early on they switch from using family members as managers to employing Jewish white boys. Before the film ends, they go through six of these poor fellows.
The dialog between the group and their middle-aged Caucasian record company owner is sidesplitting. With misplaced confidence, the businessman feels compelled to speak street talk in a doomed attempt to bond with his artists. We watch the astonished faces of our rappers as they listen to his ludicrous slang, which dates back to Malcolm X's time.
NWH even puts out a Christmas album called "Ho, Ho, Ho's." A rival rap group dogs their rise to fame, each outfit trying to destroy the other. NWH finally prevails, however, when it's discovered that the opposition's lead singer went to a prep school and even edited its yearbook. His career ruined, the antagonist and his crew are banished in shame.
There's an angry Spike Lee wannabe and an opening act, Vanilla Sherbet, a bouncy white rapper who insists he was raised by a black family. The concert audiences are pimply white youth who ape the group's moves, clothing and speech mannerisms and for whom the rappers can barely disguise their utter contempt.
Relating these details in no way spoils the fun, for it's the telling of the tale and the facial expressions of those to whom all of this happens that make the movie.
No matter what your age or background, you'll be howling out loud at many parts of this parody. See it soon.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film had the misfortune to be released slightly after Chris Rock's far-inferior Rap music satire, "CB4," and, therefore, disappeared without a trace. What a crime! This comedy stands far above not only "CB4" but most other comedies released at the time and since. It doesn't break any new ground: it's a mock documentary on a fictitious Rap group ["N.W.H." (Niggas With Hats)] and their rise and fall. It does for Rap what "This Is Spinal Tap!" does for Heavy Metal and no less effectively, I might add. Indeed, there are many similarities between this film and "Tap" (just as Tap can't keep a drummer, N.W.H. can't keep a white manager) but this flick does NOT come off as a pale rip off. Writer-director-star Rusty Cundeiff never again reached the hilarious heights scaled here (his subsequent films are the good "Tales From the Hood" and the abysmal "Sprung") with his fantastic debut. All the performances are spot on, from working actors you've seen many times before but whose names you probably don't remember. N.W.H. features Cundeiff, Larry B. Scott ("Lamar" from "Revenge of the Nerds"), and Mark Christopher Lawrence (who's done more commercials and TV guest spots than you can shake a stick at) and the Interviewer is essayed by Kasi Lemmons who shortly thereafter ditched acting to become a director ("Eve's Bayou"). The film does a remarkably thorough job in hitting all the appropriate satirical targets (rival rap groups, misogynistic lyrics, L. A. riots, groupies, etc.). There has not been one person I know whose viewed this film and has NOT become a "Hat" convert. It is simply a hysterical comedy in a day and age where quality laughs are in short supply.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tall Paul on August 19, 2003
Format: DVD
They made one of the funniest movies ever even funnier. Hilarious deleted scenes and commentary from Rusty. Unbelievably funny interviews with Rusty, Mark, and Larry. When Larry was interviewed they made him seem like he couldn't differentiate between the movie and reality. I was laughing to the point of tears. There is also a hosted version feature where they interrupt in the middle of the movie for an "intermission". The DVD also has 12 full-length music videos that were in the movie. Still the funniest movie I ever seen to date
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is a hilarious movie that has made it to my All Time Favorite list. I recommend this movie highly and assure the rap and R&B fan many laughs. This film is a guaranteed good time. My Hat is off (only temporarily) to Rusty and his posse for a job well done. A must see! Every single person I have asked to see this movie has come back to say 'thanks'. See it and tell a friend! Even though its been out for awhile, you'll still laugh your _ss off! If you don't agree FYM ASMD (you have to see the movie to appreciate the acronyms)
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