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Straight out of Locash and Lostyle
6 September 2009
Clearly one of director Tamra Davis early efforts. Made in 1993 after she was fresh out of the music video scene. I thought this had all the hallmarks of an amateurish quickie (and probably low budget, too)
Rap music culture is a rich vein of over-the-top personalities and quirky business dealings that obviously has the potential for some knockout satirical fun and to wrap it up in a fake documentary like CB4 was the best way to go but to work well it needs creative talent in writing and direction that is so lacking here. Best bits, for me, were the songs and these worked because all that was required were the lyrics from well known hits and then change the words. Making a good movie, though, is a lot more effort.
A year after CB4 was released 'Fear of a black hat' came out. Exactly the same premise but I thought it was so much better. All the usual suspects were included but it actually hung together as a movie rather than a series of potentially funny vignettes which is CB4.