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Fear of a Black Hat

Director: Rusty Cundieff Run Time: 88 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1993

Starring: Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Rusty Cundieff, Kasi Lemmons

This mock documentary follows sociologist Nina Blackburn (Kasi Lemmons) during the year she spends studying hip-hop artists Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff), Tasty-Taste (Larry B. Scott), Tone Def (Mark Christopher Lawrence) and a series of disappearing white managers. Every rap cliché is on display: sex, sexism, violent imagery and paint-peeling profanity — all of it, the group insists, with a deeper political meaning — plus the inevitable rivalry with other rappers and ultimately themselves.