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Chris Rock, Dreezer D, Allen Payne and Phil Hartman

Rated: R For language, nudity and sexual content.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: March 12, 1993 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

Three clean cut, middle-class black friends (Chris Rock, Dreezer D and Allen Payne) want to break into the rap music business. They have the moves and the sound, but not the look or attitude. So, they come up with the name CB4, backed up by the story that they were once convicts in Cell Block #4, and they suddenly become really baaaad!

They add raunchy lyrics, body grabbing gestures and carry heavy artillery as props and become overnight successes.

The boys are making money and the women groupies are at their beck and call, but they also have some problems. A politician, played by Saturday Night Live's Phil Hartman, has made cleaning up rap music his personal reelection platform and a local thug wants them dead because he thinks they squealed to the cops about a drug buy.

I'm not a fan of most rap music -- besides the repetitiveness, I'm turned off by the explicit language and pro-violence, anti-women message that's prevalent. CB4, co-written and co-produced by the talented Chris Rock, also of SNL, exaggerates those features to make fun of the rap music business and those involved in it, and he does come up with quite a few big laughs.

Too bad this movie wasn't cleaned up to give it a PG rating because the young teens who would enjoy this film the most can't get in to see it.

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