Dope movie review


Gather round, boys and girls. Let Uncle Brian tell you a story….

Once upon a time, Hip-Hop was for EVERYONE. It wasn’t just about gangstas and half-naked women. Folks from 8 to 80, dumb, cripple, and crazy, participated in this fascinating culture. Lyrics and style were as diverse as Times Square tourists. Groups like De La Soul got along with N.W.A.

MC Lyte and Queen Latifah could co-exist without any animosity. You could hang at a jam ‘til the break of dawn, and leave without your bally shoes getting stepped on. You could be different, but accepted. Ahhh, those were the days. The Golden Age of Hip Hop was during my time in high-school and to me that was THE best period of the culture. If you were a geek, that was cool, as long as you breakdance, rock a mic, and loved rap, you were still considered fresh (I had a rap crew called “The Mic Busters”. My name was Chilly B. That’s another story…).

In the new movie Dope, three high school geeks bring 90’s Hip-Hop back while trying to navigate their way through a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. Does this film live up to its name or does it perpetrate the fraud like a sucker MC? Let’s go!

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