Belly

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The unremarkable presence of a gaggle of rap stars is just part of the problem with this ill advised first feature. Working with Spike Lee's cinematographer Maleek Sayeed, HipHop promo director Williams indulges in a stream of stylised compositions: characterisation is absent and the narrative feels like a cosmetic overlay. Insofar as there's any story, it's about a posse of drug dealers falling out over their vision of the future. (Nasty, brutish and short? Or to retire and start a family?) An unrelenting spectacle of guns, girls, drugs, cash, cars, clubs and cool apartments, scored to endless use of the term 'nigga', it looks suspiciously like a deliberate exercise in audience alienation.

By: NB

Release details

Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hype Williams
Screenwriter: Hype Williams
Cast: Nas Nasir Jones
DMX Earl Simmons
Taral Hicks
Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins
Method Man Clifford Smith

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