Just as Wayne’s World cashed in lampooning the addled heavy-metal set, this is a rap spoof attempt by another Saturday Night Live performer, Chris Rock.
It starts promisingly enough like a hip-hop version of This Is Spinal Tap, with Ice-T and Ice Cube among the well-known rappers turning up in interview-style cameos. That tactic is soon abandoned, however, in favor of a long flashback about how the middle-class trio (Rock, Allen Payne and rapper Deezer D) passed themselves off as bad-ass types (CB stands for ‘cell block’) in order to tap into the rap audience, running afoul of the vicious club owner/drug dealer (Charlie Murphy, a dead ringer for younger brother Eddie) who served as their inspiration.
Tamra Davis, a musicvideo director with the well-received feature debut Guncrazy on her resume, might have really had something here had she settled on any one of the many paths the movie starts down. [Screen story by Rock and producer Nelson George.]