“You’re Nobody Till Somebody Kills You” is an urban whodunit set in the world of rap music. It’s an idea that had promise. But, somebody killed it with a bad story.
It’s also no wonder this thriller has been sitting in the can for several years. It’s a stinker. And, it also has numerous musical references that will badly date it.
Two New York City detectives investigate the apparent serial killings of rap stars. How are the victims connected and what are those notes left at the crime scenes all about?
The two cops, an older black detective about to retire and a younger white detective, who knows everything to know about rap music, are your typical opposites. The older guy could care less about rap, and just wants to get through the case with a minimum of hassle. The young guy is enthusiastic and impresses everyone with his rap expertise.
The film stars James McDaniel, Michael Mosley and Chance Kelly with supporting help from Doug E. Fresh and Big Daddy Kane. It’s directed by Spike Lee protegé Michael A Pinckney. Grade: D
Street Date: July 10, 2012
Runtime: 86 minutes
Released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment