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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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A satirical "Rapumentary" that could have been great (but isn't).
"CB4" is worth seeing if you are a fan of rap music, Chris Rock, or lowball cultural humor. It has some extremely funny scenes, some great satirical rap songs, and a really stupid plot line.
Unfortunately, "CB4" could have been a lot more than it is. It doesn't come close to the humor or intelligence of the similarly-themed "This is Spinal Tap". The idea of making a spoof "rapumentary" is a good one, with a lot of humor potential, and the central casting of "CB4" (particularly Chris Rock and Allen Payne) is adequate. However, the movie is ruined by a particularly lame (and completely unnecessary) plot-line involving a real gangster trying to kill the self-styled "gangster rap" band members who have stolen his name and history.
Had "CB4" contained itself to a satirical "rapumentary" about a band of middle-class black guys posing as "gangster rappers", it might have been a truly excellent film on par with "This is Spinal Tap". Its lame plot reduces it to a sub-par comedy which is much less than the sum of its parts, some of which are truly inspired (The scene with Euripides working as a gay phone sex operator, "Straight Outta Locash" and "Sweat of my Balls" are particulary funny).
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