BACK IN THE DAY |3/8/91| The movie, New Jack City, was released in theaters.
This movie was such a big influence on me when I was in high school that it borders on ridiculous.
Not only did I try to rip off Wesley Snipes’ fly ass black turtleneck with matching black slacks combo, on more than one occasion I might add, but years later I rocked Judd Nelson’s untied boot look a few months later when I was starting college.
Nino Brown was so ice cold. Sure he’ll joke with but if you’re not careful he might smack you in the head which a jockey statuette and then cut your ponytail off. Oh man, the time Nino used a little girl as a human shield during the wedding shoutout. Wow. Keisha was also pretty bad ass. She was just as hardcore as the Duh Duh Man was and she was respected as one of the gangster. Strange though you don’t really see another character like her until like 15 years later when Snoop debuts on The Wire. I hated Keisha though (“Step off, grandPAW!”), she needed to die much sooner in the film.
This movie also featured appearances by Troop, Keith Sweat and Guy, which were all popular music acts in my high school. So of course the soundtrack was tight as hell. It easily took its place next to the House Party soundtrack in heavy rotation in my Volkswagen Beetle.
I still watch this movie whenever I catch it on cable. But mostly for Nino’s geopolitical rant during the courtroom scene. It seemed so deep in 1991 but now I laugh at its corniness.