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Fear of a Black Hat

4.6 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

In the hilarious tradition of This Is Spinal Tap, urban- comedy hit Fear of A Black Hat is a slyly subversive satire that smashes stereotypes as it skewers Gangsta Rap. Chronicling the controversial career of bad boys N.W.H. (Niggaz Wit Hats), this uproarious mockumentary? lampoons all of hardcore rap's hot-button issues, violence, censorship, white rappers, ruthless record industry types, and livin' large while keepin' it real. Through the guerilla lens of writer/director Rusty Cundieff, this underground laugh riot reveals the rise, fall and resurrection of this clueless bunch of would-be rappers Ice Cold, Tone-Def & Tasty Taste as N.W.H. Delivering hysterical music videos along with raw outtakes, Fear of A Black Hat is a cult classic that critic Roger Ebert calls "funny and fresh."

Special Features

  • 14 outrageous deleted scenes
  • Ridiculous interviews
  • 12 music videos
  • Hosted version feature

Product Details

  • Actors: Mark Christopher Lawrence, Kasi Lemmons, Rustly Cundieff, Rusty Cundieff, G. Smokey Campbell
  • Directors: Rusty Cundieff
  • Producers: Darin Scott
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEKQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fear of a Black Hat" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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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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This movie deserved way more attention and success. If people weren't hit with that PoS CB4 movie before this was released it would have done way better. This movie had a great story line, good pacing and very catchy original music. Not to mention being extremely funny. To say this movie is the "This is Spinal Tap" of rap, is not overstating.
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I first heard about this movie when I was a bartender at a seafood restaurant in Glendale CA and Mark C. Lawrence was a waiter. He was one of the best people I worked with there and an all round nice guy, so when he told me about this rap satire movie he'd been working on I told him I'd definitely check it out! Didn't know it would take until it was released on VHS to do so and I never got to tell Mark how much I love this movie! So Mark, if you're reading this...WTG!!!
This is the "Spinal Tap" of rap...IMHO even better than the similar CB4. You don't have to be a rap fan to get a kick out of this movie, if you like ST or other rock/music movies you'll enjoy this. Heck if you like comedies that aren't music related you should still find lots to laugh at.
If I were going to compare this to a non-music related movie I guess it would have to be Airplane.
I wouldn't recommend this for young kids due to language, suggested violence and sexual content but adults can kick back and laugh their butts off!
I was so happy to find this on DVD as we no longer have a VCR hooked up....YAY!
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