Stream “The Breaks” and Hear DJ Premier’s First Film Score (Video)
On Monday night (January 4), Vh1 premiered The Breaks. The film, inspired by Dan Charnas’ book, The Big Payback, dramatically captures three Hip-Hop hopefuls living in 1990 New York City. One dreams to work at a hit Rap management firm. Another character wants to be a successful producer, and discover Hip-Hop’s next great MC. The last, works at a radio station, and aims to change the way Rap music is treated (and perceived) in the mainstream.
Starring Tristan “Mack” Wilds (The Wire, 90210), Afton Williamson (Nashville), Wood Harris (The Wire, Paid In Full), David Call (Gossip Girl), Antoine Harris (Ballers), the film also features Hip-Hop stars and personalities Method Man, Torae, Phonte (who wrote the cast’s Rap verses), Prince Paul, Chuck Chillout, Faith Newman, Jay Smooth, and more. Additionally, the film includes music executive producer DJ Premier (his first time he’s done this for a theatrical film of this kind). Thereby, The Breaks features classic, period correct music by Public Enemy, Masta Ace, and Audio Two, from a reigning DJ/producer and Hip-Hop artist from the era.
As the film plays on Vh1, it is now available for online viewing:
Do you think the film properly represents the culture? Do you relate to any of the experiences, even if you’re of another era?