Death of a Dynasty
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Hip-hop mogul Damon Dash (Paper Soldiers) directs this semi-autobiographical film based on his life as the proprietor of Roc-a-Fella Records. Ebon Moss-Bachrach stars as David Katz, a reporter who, upon interviewing rap producer Damon (Capone), finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into the high-class world of hip-hop. Before he knows it, Katz ignites a war within the label that could bring down the operation for good. A bevy of celebrities from all walks of life make appearances, including Riddick Bowe, Lorraine Bracco, Mariah Carey, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Carson Daly, Jay-Z, Chloe… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Half home movie, half product placement, and almost completely worthless."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Watching Damon Dash's playful movie is like entering a room where a large, too noisy party is going on and never fully adjusting to the dark or the din."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"Death of a Dynasty is fun stuff, and this is coming from a guy who hasn't bought a hip-hop CD since NWA broke up."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Sure, having bottles of Armadale vodka crammed into every other shot could be read as a pointed swipe at crass endorsements of luxury liquors. But when you know Armadale is owned by Roc-A-Fella, it looks a lot like crass product placement."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This narcissistic mockumentary is less a film than a full-length promotional video for Roc-a-Fella Records mogul/director Damon Dash."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Death of a Dynasty is, like the music it parodies: aggressive, over-the-top, louder than life and in your face."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Truly terrible for plenty of reasons, not the least of which being Damon Dash's barely competent directing."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"Definitely funny as the hip-hop world pokes fun at itself and others, but it's frequently pointless, especially as the "plot" unfolds."
‑ , E! Online
"A mockumentary that veers unsteadily between satire and an infomercial for Dash's Roc-A-Fella records."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"There is a funny movie to be made from the outrageous egos and excesses of rap music. Death of a Dynasty is not that movie."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Death of a Dynasty accomplishes what it set out to do -- to make a few laughs."
‑ Damon C. Williams, Philadelphia Daily News
"Dash is a good sport in poking barbed fun at the PR machinations of today's music business."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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