This is one of the few films featuring hip hop stars that is actually worth seeing. It gives a pretty accurate view into hood life and the story will really tug on your heart strings. With great muscicans like Q-tip, Fat Joe, and the Queen of Hip Hop Soul herself Miss Mary J. Blige telling a story of pain and heartache through song, it is impossible not to have any connection with these characters. The storyline is so incredibly sad, that you might be a little disappointed at the end, but you'll forgive the writer because the entire two hours is a powerful journey. The acting was a lot better than I thought it would be. Who knew these virgins to the big screen hip hoppers could actually be able to pull out such powerful performances. The bottom line is this: Go out and buy this movie because it is worth the $12.99 or whatever. It is real, honest, and heart wrenching. I Loved It.