The Breaks: Review
By Mat Jordan
The city of New York was always known as “the city that never sleeps.” Whether you are from the city or a newcomer, it’s a city that demands cleverness, ingenuity and fearlessness; no matter what industry you are trying to get into. In order for you to make it, you must learn how to work the streets. Learn how to hustle and be a doer or else opportunities will just immediately pass on by. VH1 has created a film which describes all of these aspects of New York City.
“The Breaks,” is a film which describes the grind, hustle, and hardship that is common for the city of New York. The movie is set in the early 90’s and follows three individuals: Nikki Jones, David Aaron, and Dee Vee, three friends with three different jobs but one goal. This goal is to try to bring hip-hop back on top. The movie was inspired by “The Big Payback,” a novel about the hip-hop business.
At the beginning of the movie, we meet Nikki Jones, a recent college graduate at George Washington University, who has turned down a full scholarship to Harvard Law School so she could instead follow her dreams in the entertainment industry and try to land an internship at Fouray Entertainment. Since she is a woman trying to rise in the industry, everyone originally doubts her. However, her quick thinking and sharp tongue keeps both men and women in check. She tries to motivate the artists who are trying to bring hip-hop back to life by calling them unimportant, making them rethink their lives. She lives with her boyfriend, David Aaron.
David is the son of a legendary music producer who refuses to live in his father’s shadow, even though he and Nikki are living in his father’s apartment for free. Nikki and David’s love of hip hop came at a time when many old-time executives didn’t expect hip-hop to last another five years. This doubt is very difficult to ignore since David’s boss hates hip-hop with a passion.
We then meet Dee Vee, a musical producer who loves the sound of hip-hop even though his father does not support him. Producing in his father’s garage is very difficult and working with terrible artists doesn’t help matters, either; then Dee Vee meets Ahm, a man who follows the streets and is one of the biggest battle rappers in the City. Dee Vee tries to approach him but Ahm’s gang intimidates him and threatens to kill him if he doesn’t get out of their face. Dee Vee, discouraged by the gang’s threats, returns home. That night, Ahm’s best friend is shot and passes away. The next day, Ahm and his gang go to Dee Vee’s house, and Dee Vee’s father gives all his son’s equipment away to them. Once Dee Vee discovers this, he becomes infuriated and goes after Ahm once more. This time, however, he approaches him with much more politeness and less assertiveness. It turns out Ahm took his equipment because he wanted to create a track with him, a track about his friend who recently died.
This movie strongly portrays the events and lifestyle of a New Yorker in the Early 90’s. It portrays a hustle and grind from three individuals who want to reach their goals. When I first saw the trailer, I was skeptical about it, but was I proven wrong. I strongly encourage you all to watch this movie because not only is it funny, but also motivating. It motivates you to never stop hustling. On the Mat Jordan Fire Fuego Scale, this film deserves 5 out of 5 flames. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥