Director: Tamra Davis
Writer: Chris Rock, Nelson George, and Robert LoCash
Stars: Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Khandi Alexander, Phil Hartman, Chris Elliot
Quotable: "Yeah, yeah, I'm lickin' ya balls."
Fun Fact: CB4 is full of allusions to past Rock characters, from the crack-smoking scene (referencing New Jack City) to his funny exchange with Isaac Hayes (similar to the one in I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka).
Rock fans have This Is Spinal Tap; for hip-hop junkies, there's Chris Rock's persistently relevant CB4. See if this sounds familiar: Rappers from middle-class backgrounds fabricate a gangsta image in order to become famous, and, wouldn't you know, the plan succeeds. Chances are your iPod includes songs by artists with similar backstories.
In that sense, CB4 was way ahead of its time. Prophecy aside, though, this fake "rapumentary" works just fine as a pure comedy, due in large part to hilarious songs inspired by actual rap favorites, like "Straight Outta Locash" (N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton") and "Sweat From My Balls" (Kool G Rap and DJ Polo's "Talk Like Sex"). Every time we hear a Plies or Rick Ross song, CB4 immediately comes to mind. We wonder why?