From ghetto celebrity to rap stardom, When Thugs Cry follows the violent path of two brothers through betrayal and deceit, a drug-addicted mother and the temptations of the rap lifestyle. Featuring extreme music by deep-throated rapper Jah-Rista and prol
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Written, produced and directed by veteran guerilla filmmaker Parris Reaves. When Thugs Cry tells the story of two brothers making the transition from Alabama's home prairie to Chicago's backstabbing asphalt plains with a prolific output of rap music that would take them beyond ghetto celebrity to a major record deal. That collective ambition is obstructed by sibling rivalry primarily influenced by the brothers' attempts to liberate their mother from drug addiction, exasperating discord with spouses, the deceit and betrayal of colleagues. Deep-throated rapper Jah-Rista and prolific producer Soundmaster T virtually play themselves in their feature debuts as the brothers Jeffrey and terry Love. Veteran actor Carl Wright - who appears in Soul Food, Big Momma's House, and Barbershop - plays the kindly minister who helps the brothers persevere in the struggle to turn their mother around while following their collective dream.