Hustle & Flow | 2004

Drama, Music
DJay, a streetwise Memphis hustler tries to find a voice and realize his long-buried dreams. Though DJay has always had a way with words, that gift has long been misused; this philosopher-hustler lives a dead-end life ...more
Director: Craig Brewer
Writers: Craig Brewer
Awards: 1 Oscar win. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Djay

Actor

... Key

Actor

... Nola

Actor

... Shug

Actor

... Shelby

Actor

... Skinny Black

Actor

... Lexus

Actor

... Yevette

Actor

... Arnel

Actor

... Tigga

Actor

... Yellow Jacket

Actor

Company

Another Roadside Attraction

Production Company

Production Company

Badabing Badaboom Productions

Production Company

Crunk Pictures

Production Company

Production Company

Synopsis

DJay, a streetwise Memphis hustler tries to find a voice and realize his long-buried dreams. Though DJay has always had a way with words, that gift has long been misused; this philosopher-hustler lives a dead-end life at the fringes of society. Anything more feels out of reach. Still, DJay wonders what happened to all the big dreams he had for his life. A chance encounter with an old friend, Key, a sound engineer who has always wanted to make it in the music business, spurs DJay: if he's ever going to make his mark, it has to happen now. He begins to write down his freestyle raps--his flow--and the two team up with Shelby, a church musician with a beat machine, to lay down bass-thumping crunk tracks. DJay's metamorphosis affects his entire house, as the women in his life--Shug and Nola--find ways to contribute to the creative process. With the impending visit to Memphis of hometown platinum-selling rapper Skinny Black, DJay has to make one last hustle if he's ever going to flow.

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