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Music video director [[Performer~P266004~Hype Williams~hypewilliams]] made his feature film debut with this visually inventive urban drama. Tommy Brown ([[Performer~P265499~DMX~dmx]]) and his friend Sincere ([[Performer~P265597~Nas~nas]]) are gangsters who have learned how to make a good living by dealing drugs and pulling armed robberies. Tommy and Sincere have been able to move out of the ghetto in Queens where they were raised and relocate to an upscale section of Manhattan; they would seem to have it made, but both realize that their lives are headed toward a dead end. Sincere begins getting in touch with his African roots and tries to convince his girlfriend Tionne ([[Performer~P265660~Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins~tionnetbozwatkins]]) that they should emigrate to the Motherland, while Tommy has a religious awakening and joins the Nation of Islam. Along with top-selling rappers [[Performer~P265499~DMX~dmx]] and [[Performer~P265597~Nas~nas]], hip-hop artist [[Performer~P265586~Method Man~methodman]] and R&B singer [[Performer~P209016~Taral Hicks~taralhicks]] also appear. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 4, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Salerno Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Malik Hassan Sayeed Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee

Cast

Nas
as Sincere
DMX
as Tommy Brown
Taral Hicks
as Kisha
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
as Tionne
Method Man
as Shameek
Hassan Johnson
as Mark
Louie Rankin
as Lennox
Tyrin Turner
as Big

Crew

Hype Williams
Director
Hype Williams
Producer
Ron Rotholz
Producer
Robert Salerno
Producer
Larry Meistrich
Producer
Nas
Screen Story
Anthony Bodden
Screen Story
Hype Williams
Screen Story
Hype Williams
Screenwriter
Malik Hassan Sayeed
Cinematographer
Stephen Cullo
Composer (Music Score)
David Leonard
Editor
Regan Jackson
Production Designer
Nicholas Lundy
Art Director
James Bigwood
Executive Producer
Carol Silverman
Set Designer
June Ambrose
Costume Designer
Sarah Gyllenstierna
First Assistant Director
Winsome Sinclair
Casting
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