Play'd: A Hip Hop Story

Play'd: A Hip Hop Story

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Written by Cory Tynan
Directed by Oz Scott
Starring Rashaan Nall
Toni Braxton
Faizon Love
Merlin Santana
Theme music composer Kurt Farquhar
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Bill Borden
Cinematography Keith Smith
Editor(s) James Wilcox
Running time 87 minutes
Distributor Artisan
Original release
  • June 26, 2002 (2002-06-26)

Play'd: A Hip Hop Story is 2002 television drama film starring Rashaan Nall, Faizon Love, Toni Braxton and Merlin Santana (who would later be shot and killed five months later after the film's release). The film was directed by Oz Scott[1]


Rashaan Nall stars as rising East Coast rap star Jaxx, who has formed a musical partnership with longtime buddy Mayhem (Merlin Santana). Enter Domino Breed (Faizon Love), ruthless CEO of Da Block Records, a West Coast label. Filling Jaxx's head with promises of solo stardom and innumerable creature comforts (not all of them legal), Domino lures the young performer to California. As he becomes immersed in the gangster lifestyle common to so many of Domino's disciples, Jaxx grows distant from his friends and loved ones, especially his wife Shonda (Toni Braxton), who had originally been in favor of her husband's career move. Inevitably, the greed-dictated rivalry between Jaxx and his former partner Mayhem culminates in tragedy.



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