Fear of a Black Hat
Fear of a Black Hat (1994)

Writer/director Rusty Cundieff's satire of gangsta rappers, focusing on a hiphop trio who release a Christmas album called "Ho Ho 'Hos."

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 3, 1994
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The best hip-hop film of all.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

If Mr. Cundieff doesn't match the satirical genius of Mr. Reiner's film, he does understand the rules of the game.

Nick Rogers

It lampoons the luminaries, yes, but gives their authentic anger, which came from a real place, the benefit of gentler nudges. Its greatest fury lambastes losers who embraced a gangster rap ethos to build a bank account, not let loose a battle cry.

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Emanuel Levy

Inspired by This Is Spinal Tap, this mockumentary exposes the trials of a hardcore rap band, N.W.H. (Niggas With Hats) with wild, irreverent humor and exuberant music.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Not as fearless and sharp-edged as it could be -- but it provides a lot of laughs, and barbecues a few sacred cows.

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TV Guide

Borrowing intelligently from This is Spinal Tap, writer-director-actor Rusty Cundieff has crafted a mock music documentary that is as irreverent, hilarious, and tough-minded as its model.

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Time Out

While individual interviews, pop-video parodies and album titles hit the mark, the film as a whole is insufficiently clear-cut in its satire of the bands' dubious antics and attitudes.

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James Berardinelli

This movie is not tightly-scripted or elegantly produced, but it is (for the most part) highly entertaining. For those who have been waiting for a sequel to Spinal Tap, this may be the best alternative.

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

The rap scene has always had its share of colourful characters that are already caricatures. Why is there a need to spoof it?

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Steve B.
The Spinal Tap of rap music, this mockumentary follows NWA (Niggas With Hats), on their rise to fame. Funnier than I expected.