Theeeeese are 'The Breaks'
Theeeeese are 'The Breaks'...break it up, break it up, break it uuup...BREAK DOWN! Certainly not the debacle of a depiction Lifetime presented as the story of our beloved Aliyah; VH1 scores with its "to the point" presentation of passion for the music that reigns supreme! With nothing more than an ear, drive and the wherewithal to take risks (Nikki) in an effort to push pushed her way from the pavement to a platform some only dare to dream about. Met with resistance at every turn, indecent proposals and the possible loss of meaningful relationships, she did what so few people are willing to do after having doors closed in her face! Getting her foot in the door wasn't quite what she expected, but remaining in true to her goals, she found herself exposing the ill dealings of shady business partners and being moved from "worker 1" to "valu-dictorian"...a much deserved honor after passing up the opportunity to attend college and spend the next 15 years resigning an annual forbearance rather than signing a new artist.
The soundtrack seems solidly filled with music from some of our favorite artists from the last 3 decades, while the film teeters on the cusp of the 80s-90s stories of payola and rejection from the mainstream music scene. Because we always need that reminder of where we've come from, this flick did its just due representing a small portion of the struggle to break in to the business of A&R and music production. Of particular interest, was the age old plot twist depiction of a dealer turned rapper. While the streets may have been home, that perseverant lil’ pesk, who sees beyond your flaws can quickly go from enemy to ally and change the game for you. On the flip side, there’s always one whose acclaim was short lived, but the potential to make a strong comeback just needs to be tapped…like a stripper’s booty on a $2 Tuesdays.
As for the acting, expect no Oscars this year, but street accolades are just as credible, all things considered. VH1 is making its mark, once more and possibly redeeming itself for those of us whom loathe the idea of reality TV being the only thing worth watching on this network. Somehow, all things hip-hop seem to come with this negative connotation, that can only be shaken by the acceptance of certain aspects, befitting of other cultures and societal norms, thus taking me all the way back to the beginning… Theeeeese are 'The Breaks'
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