Russell Walker (Blair Underwood) has started a new hip-hop and rap label called Krush Groove, which features a stellar list of acts that includes Kurtis Blow and Run-D.M.C. However, Walker doesn't have sufficient money to keep up the label, especially after Run-D.M.C. scores a big single. As he struggles to fund the label, more and more rap groups, like the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, emerge in the New York City hip-hop scene. The film is based on the beginning of Def Jam Records.
Krush Groove is a 1985 American film by Warner Bros. that was written by Ralph Farquhar and directed by Michael Schultz(who also produced the movie, along with George Jackson and Doug McHenry). This film is based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings and up-and-coming record producer Russell Simmons (renamed Russell Walker in the film), portrayed by Blair Underwood in his feature film debut. Simmons was the film's co-producer and story consultant; he also had a cameo in the film as a club owner named Crocket.
Blair Underwood (as Russell Walker)
Run-D.M.C. & Jam Master Jay
The Fat Boys (Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock Ski, The Human Beat Box)
New Edition (Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell)
LL Cool J
Russell Simmons (as Crocket)
Richard Gant (as Jay B.)
Lisa Gay Hamilton (as Iesha)
Vicky Ruane (as Girl Friday)
Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde (Andre Harrell and Alonzo Brown)
Brian "B-Fine" and Paul Anthony George of Full Force (as Jay B.'s bodyguards)
Chris Rock appeared uncredited as a man standing next to phone during the fight in the club. Kara Vallow appeared uncredited as a Hip Hop Dancer. Coati Mundi was seen as a record shop owner.
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