If you watch this film without a stupid foolish-looking knowing grin plastered on your face, there is something wrong with you. The match up of script, acting and direction here is sublime, creating an unbelievable sense of truth. John Singleton really hits this one out of the park.
This film also has one of Fishburne's very best roles.
You can just feel its palpable influence over urban music to come, from Coolio to The Roots. It's all here, all the truth and all the myth. This film captures a certain civil hood religion in a bottle. This film stumbles upon something sacred.
If you want to take a drive through 90s african-american cinema, make this your first stop.