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CB4 (1993)

R | | Comedy, Music | 12 March 1993 (USA)
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A guy makes a documentary of the rap band CB4 by following them. CB4 got popular by stealing Gusto's name, background and image. He wants them dead.

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Tamra Davis

Writers:

Chris Rock (story), Nelson George (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Albert / MC Gusto
Allen Payne ... Euripides / Dead Mike
Deezer D ... Otis / Stab Master Arson
Chris Elliott ... A. White
Phil Hartman ... Virgil Robinson
Charlie Murphy ... Gusto (as Charles Q. Murphy)
Khandi Alexander ... Sissy
Art Evans ... Albert Sr.
Theresa Randle ... Eve
Willard E. Pugh ... Trustus
Ty Granderson Jones ... 40 Dog (as Tyrone Granderson Jones)
Rachel True ... Daliha
Victor Wilson Victor Wilson ... Lt. Davenport
Richard Gant ... Baa Baa Ack
J.D. Daniels ... Ben
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Storyline

A "rapumentary", covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group "CB4". We soon learn that these three are not what they seem and don't apear to know as much about rap music as they claim... but a lack of musical ability in an artist never hurts sales, does it? You've just got to play the part of a rap star... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Taglines:

Sex, Rhymes and keepin' it real. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and for sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

CB4 - The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,122,450, 14 March 1993

Gross USA:

$17,953,778

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,953,778
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The ragtime piano melody heard in the nursing home sequence is actually the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." See more »

Goofs

When Ben sees the tour bus coming, he puts his cap on twice. See more »

Quotes

Albert Sr.: Don't be wasting my electricity on that rap mess.
Albert: But, pop...
Albert Sr.: Don't "but" me. I'll beat your ass in front of your woman.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits Chris Rock is shown playing Cheap Pete who asks a newspaper vendor how much a newspaper costs. When he finds out it's too expensive he asks to pay 15 cents and for the vendor to read him the good news. See more »

Alternate Versions

FX Network TV version includes one additional scene showing the real M.C. Gusto breaking out of jail; in this scene you see M.C. Gusto and a white inmate in a golf course and the white guy says dumb comments and subsequently gets knocked out. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Home Movies: Time to Pay the Price (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Stick 'Em Up
Written by Beastie Boys (as The Beastie Boys) and DJ Hurricane (as W. Fite)
Performed by DJ Hurricane (as Hurricane) featuring Beastie Boys (as The Beastie Boys) and W. Fite
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Rapumentary gone horribly wrong... produced by A. White
14 August 2002 | by atriumelphSee all my reviews

This is by far one of Chris Rock's best works to date, and it's his first starring role! This movie has tons of talent, a tight plot (okay - you need a good ability to suspend your disbelief), and a palpable message.

It quickly became something of an underground classic as the early 90s launched the careers of many gangster rap artists. This movie does a great job of parodying the rise and fall of a gangster rap group.

It's got a unique urban flavor and is loaded with perhaps more race-driven humor than others may think necessary (many many MANY racial stereotypes are exploited in this movie, such as a local restaurant called "Big Ass Biscuit" where the young rappers frequented). However, it's done in a very tongue-in-cheek manner and the overall effect is hilarious, not heinous.

The addition to the cast of Chris Elliot playing the role of "A. White", the rapumentary's director, is brilliant. Elliot is great at playing a white fanboy who lands the job of working for his new favorite rap group, and he fumbles through the movie as only Chris Elliot can.

Phil Hartman is equally funny as Virgil Robinson, a local politician who tries to use CB4's profanity as his new platform for re-election (meanwhile, his son is addicted to CB4's music and image). The interaction between Virgil and his son in this manner represents how many parents viewed rap music as their children began to listen to it.

This movie is laden with parodies too numerous to list. The soundtrack is also quite good (if you like rap music at all) and includes the song "Sweat of my Balls" - a song featured in the movie (also hysterical, complete with a stage show of large testicles being dropped from the ceiling onto the crowd).

If you aren't easily offended, this movie is VERY entertaining. If you are able to look beyond the veneer of racial overtones and profanity, it also has a few points to make about the origins of "fake" gangster rap groups and their image.

Look for underrated performances by Tyrone Granderson Jones as "40 Dog", Richard Gant as "Baa Baa Ack" and Charles Q. Murphy as "Gusto".

I CAN'T WAIT for this to be released on DVD - if it ever will be...


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