Borrowing intelligently from THIS IS SPINAL TAP, writer-director-actor Rusty Cundieff has crafted a mock music documentary that is as irreverent, hilarious, and tough-minded as its model.
FEAR OF A BLACK HAT kicks off with purported director Nina Blackburn (Kasi Lemmons) earnestly discussing her film, a documentary account of a year in the lives of Niggaz With Hats, a rap band with a distinct political voice. Blackburn questions the group's three members--Ice Cold (Cundieff),
Tasty-Taste (Larry B. Scott), and Tone Def (Mark Christopher Lawrence)--about their album "Fear of a Black Hat," originally subtitled "Don't Shoot Until You See the Whites." The group's na...