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Fear Of A Black Hat was a 1993 film in the tradition of This Is Spinal Tap, a mockumentary of early 1990s rap such as Public Enemy and NWA. The entire movie is now available, officially, on YouTube.
posted by DecemberBoy (54 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
(some would say STOLEN from This Is Spinal Tap, it follows the format almost exactly: follows the band doing wacky shit, they break up, do wacky solo shit, then reunite)
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:31 PM on June 29, 2013


But it brilliantly captured all the tropes of late 80s and early 90s hip hop. I put it on par with Spinal Tap.
posted by reenum at 5:41 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


But the jokes are specific to hip hop of the period and are often dead-on and hilarious.
posted by wabbittwax at 5:42 PM on June 29, 2013


Nice find, but it has already been distilled down to its purest form.

P.S. There should be a Spinal Tap-style mocumentary for pretty much every genre and decade.
posted by michaelh at 5:43 PM on June 29, 2013 [5 favorites]


Is it better than CB4?
posted by lee at 5:44 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


When I was a kid, I thought Spinal Tap was a real band and not a parody.

I'm over 30 years old and I just found out Fear of a Black Hat is not a legitimate documentary.
posted by dogwalker at 5:45 PM on June 29, 2013


STOLEN from This Is Spinal Tap

All You Need Is Cash is on the line for you from 1978.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:45 PM on June 29, 2013 [13 favorites]


Hahah that guy has a beeper. It is funny cuz it's true.

IMO it is Better than CB4. I certainly remember it more fondly.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:47 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


dogwalker, to be fair to you, Spinal Tap blurs the line between real and fake band. I think you could make a real documentary about them at this point.
posted by michaelh at 5:47 PM on June 29, 2013


All You Need Is Cash is on the line for you from 1978.

True, but the plots of "Fear" and "This Is" are identical. Don't get me wrong I love them both.

Is it better than CB4?

I think so, yeah.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:47 PM on June 29, 2013


F*ck the security guards
posted by The Gooch at 5:53 PM on June 29, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Who's Spoonie Gee? How many people in Funky Four?" Tricksy. The answer isn't four!
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:55 PM on June 29, 2013


"because when you take that bus...you get there"
posted by stifford at 5:58 PM on June 29, 2013 [5 favorites]


...STOLEN from This Is Spinal Tap, it follows the format almost exactly: follows the band doing wacky shit....

You've seen the Beatles movies, right?
posted by DU at 6:05 PM on June 29, 2013


How do you know it's "official"?
posted by dobbs at 6:19 PM on June 29, 2013


I put it on par with Spinal Tap.

You're fired.
posted by xmutex at 6:20 PM on June 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


STOLEN from This Is Spinal Tap

Which was very similar to Bad News.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:20 PM on June 29, 2013 [2 favorites]


How do you know it's "official"?


It makes perfect sense the Samuel Goldwyn Company would use the YouTube account of Kennedy Melanie to their official releases. Kennedy Melanie also uploaded the seminal classic Ernest Scared Stupid.
posted by birdherder at 6:40 PM on June 29, 2013 [5 favorites]


this mic goes to eleven muhfuckah
posted by not_on_display at 6:47 PM on June 29, 2013


Agreed, clearly not official and incredibly inappropriate.

What I did was set up a camcorder pointed at my apple cinema display and taped it to VHS. I tried eating microwave popcorn next to the mic, but it wasn't making a very satisfying noise so I used pita chips.Didn't have any audience members so I used a Lazer pointer to get my cats to run back and forth in front of the monitor to simulate them.

Hardest part was finding a VHS player to watch it, but it was all worth it.
posted by Ad hominem at 6:48 PM on June 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


- "Don't shoot until you see the whites"

- "Of their eyes?"

- "Whose eyes?"
posted by Renoroc at 6:49 PM on June 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wrong thread dog. *PM Dawn Parody starts playing* Or is it?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:10 PM on June 29, 2013


Hey, you guys hear what happened? KRS-One beat up PM Dawn.
posted by Ad hominem at 7:15 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


We wasn't there when that happened.
posted by 4ster at 7:21 PM on June 29, 2013


FOABH > CB4

Deal with it.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:39 PM on June 29, 2013


Hollywood Shuffle >>>> all
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:40 PM on June 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


some would say STOLEN from This Is Spinal Tap

Sampled.
posted by mhoye at 7:55 PM on June 29, 2013 [7 favorites]


Croak croak croak ribbit croak ribbit croak
Croak croak croak ribbit croak ribbit croak
posted by vitabellosi at 8:06 PM on June 29, 2013


Sampled

Spinal Tap was appropriated for the revolution and this shit will not be televised.
posted by Ad hominem at 8:13 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


- They say it's the quiet ones that you have to watch out for.

- And, if you've noticed, I ain't said shit for a couple minutes now.
posted by wabbittwax at 8:21 PM on June 29, 2013 [4 favorites]


STOLEN from This Is Spinal Tap

All You Need Is Cash is on the line for you from 1978.

And Mike, Mickey, Peter and Davy are still holding on lines 2, 3, 4 and 5.
posted by Relay at 8:42 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Naturally intelligent, gonna get ahead.
posted by Boxenmacher at 8:54 PM on June 29, 2013


Agreed , FOABH is much better than CB4...with the exception of the "purest form" distillation posted earlier by michaelh.

For a while, I used a line from Tone Def as my Quote on Facebook: "On the serious 3-1/2 percent tip, the second letter of the alphabet is B. Think about it."
posted by stannate at 10:00 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


How do you know it's "official"?

There's an OFFICIAL tag on the YouTube upload. Legit or not, but it's there
posted by DecemberBoy at 10:15 PM on June 29, 2013


And Mike, Mickey, Peter and Davy are still holding on lines 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Yeah, OK, I'm going to go ahead and point out again that THE PLOTS ARE IDENTICAL. So, like, stop naming comedies with bands in them.
posted by DecemberBoy at 10:19 PM on June 29, 2013


FoaBH may have been made in '93, but I have a very distinct memory of seeing an advance screening in the spring of '94. I went with a group of crusty punks and made out a bunch with one of them, so my timeline has to be accurate.
posted by item at 10:59 PM on June 29, 2013


This shit got me feeling like Almighty So on a Ye track, all sad and confused. I think Metafilter may be right. Rap may be evil.

This is a parody in which a rapper was a drug dealer and is wink wink trying to hide it. Remember when q-Tip didn't even want to admit to smoking weed? Now you got mainstream acts who open albums with lyrics like "players, we ain't the same, I'm into cocaine and guns". Saying shit like "so much white you think that Jesus here"

In general I think this is a victory for artistic freedom. When was the last congressional inquiry into rap, 2007 ?

On the other hand, We got rappers going to jail for eating people while high on PCP. We got Fredo from GBE beating women on tape. We got A$AP Rocky smacking random women because they touched his Supreme hat.

Unfortunately,people are going to do criminal shit with or without rap, but should we be giving these guys a forum and glorifying them?

Should we paint rappers all the same?

We got Drake too, and that dude is so sensitive he is currently crying because his girlfriend looks so beautiful in the morning sunlight (don't get it twisted thought, Drizzy rep 5, straight soowoo crip killer, he might fuck around and catch a body). After all, Charles Manson was a hippy musician,we don't think all hippies are killers.

I dunno man, I think I may have to start listening to sea shanties and shit, whats that band, The Decemrists?
posted by Ad hominem at 10:59 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Official means its the actual film, not some remix, or slowed down or frames reversed to evade copyright bots.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:04 PM on June 29, 2013


Sorry, it was Lil Reese from GBE, not Fredo.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:07 PM on June 29, 2013


"And if you notice, I ain't said shit for at least a couple of minutes". First time I saw that, I think I ended up pissing myself a little.
posted by Lukenlogs at 11:09 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh they ripped off Spinal Tap? Not watching it then.
posted by Brocktoon at 11:52 PM on June 29, 2013


"And if you notice, I ain't said shit for at least a couple of minutes ".

Easily the best line.
posted by DecemberBoy at 12:15 AM on June 30, 2013


Yeah, OK, I'm going to go ahead and point out again that THE PLOTS ARE IDENTICAL.

What is it with kids these days and "plot." It's like you're completely missing the point.
posted by phaedon at 12:42 AM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Ice... Box."
posted by frenetic at 12:50 AM on June 30, 2013


"This is my angry shoe.." And of course, I SING! I SING SONG!

Aw, man, this movie. I still have the mixtape from a high school friend who put the songs and various soundbites on it.
posted by zix at 1:00 AM on June 30, 2013


I hate rap (like, a lot, start a rap thread and ask me my option and it'll get deleted), but I remember this era and there are enough quips there to make me want to watch this.

Good job, everyone.
posted by Mezentian at 3:52 AM on June 30, 2013


Easily the best line.

My retort: "Nah, this is a good jammy for beginners. I mean, this is better than those auto-focus cameras. You just spray the area."
posted by solotoro at 4:38 AM on June 30, 2013


Haven't seen this since it first came out on VHS, but I remember it as being funny and pretty much on target. Saving the link so I can rewatch it later - thanks for posting!
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 12:25 PM on June 30, 2013


This needs to be on metafilter somewhere for posterity.

Scarface covers controversial artists The Pink Floyd's song Wish You Were Here
posted by Ad hominem at 2:54 PM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't know what you're talking about exactly, Ad hominem, but if you do want to listen to sea shanties, I heartily recommend Paul Clayton , but beware that real sea shanties are as glorifying of violence, sex, and substance abuse as any of your so-called rap music.
posted by chrchr at 2:58 PM on June 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Here is an example of despicable lyricism in this so called "music" chrchr, Getto Boys live in Boston

In part 17 the little person, I believe his name is Bill Bushwick, says something incomprehensible about how good he feels "hitting snitches in his black sixty four" . Part 18 describes a violent encounter in chilling terms, Bill Bushwick says "so we triple teamed in him dropping those mothefucking Bees on him". I don't know what he means by bees, But it sounds terrible.

I agree with Katy Perry.
posted by Ad hominem at 3:37 PM on June 30, 2013


DAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A GANGSTA
posted by pxe2000 at 4:44 PM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Seeing Bushwick Bill in that video made me want to drop some motherfucking bees on a printer. Imm wait till they do a show near me and selll printers and baseball bats outside.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:09 PM on June 30, 2013


By the way, Tasty-Taste is Lamar from Revenge of the Nerds. He was also in Space Camp: Larry B Scott
posted by pemdasi at 2:03 PM on July 1, 2013


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