Tight on a POSTCARD. A HAND with a PEN starts writing.
Dear Jamal. Man, a day out theclink and I’m still feeling lockedup. Those 10 years took a lot awayfrom me.
The postcard FADES TO BLACK, BLACK BLEEDS TO HAZY COLOREDLIGHTS, a MUFFLED BEAT.
Back in the day, I was like MichaelJackson, but not creepy andsmelling of bleach.
Band on stage. CHOZEN (18, white, chubby, coiffed curly hair)
Ricky (19, Hispanic, thin) CRISCO (19, Black, athletic, smallAfro) PHANTASM (19, Black, tall with Wesley Snipes“Demolition Man” white hair). They all wear BRIGHTLY COLOREDFOOTBALL JERSEYS with their names on the back. A giant signreads: “PHRESH PHRIENDS”
I was the coolest dude on the whole
Snap to crowd, reveal only 50 people in a small rec center.
SONG (*CUE 1)
You can be anything! A poet, apreacher, a fireman, a grade schoolteacher....!
Chozen and Phantasm rap at the front of the stage. Criscohypes the crowd while Ricky DJ’s. Chozen steps in front ofPhantasm, unknowingly stealing his limelight. Phantasm ispissed.
Song continues under as-
Makin’ music wif my boys, crushinga regional tour of community hallsand family amusement centers.
Showing kids their lives be worthsumfin. It ain’t all about drugs,
gangs, violence against women-
INT. HOTEL ROOM - MORNING
Chozen bolts awake- reveal mounds of cocaine, bales of weed,
machine guns, and a passed out whore in the corner.
BOOM! The door is kicked open by POLICE, guns drawn.
INT. HOTEL HALLWAY - MORNING
Chozen is escorted out, cuffed, head down. Chozen turns to
see Phantasm smirking. Phantasm gingerly waves goodbye,
smiles, flips up his middle finger, and kisses it.
FLASH! Chozen frontal photo. FLASH! Profile photo. Cell doorslams shut.
You know how it is player. When yougo away everything changes...yourfriends, your beliefs, your bodyshapes...
Chozen bench pressing- his shoulders tattooed with “Chozen”
in Olde English font.
Chozen on the toilet with a newspaper. Headline reads“Positive Rapper? Wrong Message!”
And all you can think about iswhere shit went wrong. But youdon’t give up hope...
Chozen hands a GUARD some LETTERS, tight on the names DONNYRicky and CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS above the addresses.
Chozen (a bit older, leaner, shorter hair) bobbing his headand writing in a notebook.
The guard delivers Chozen the SAME LETTERS STAMPED WITHRETURN TO SENDER.
You live through it...
Move in on PUBLICITY PHOTO OF PHRESH PHRIENDS. Chozen slices
up Phantasm’s face with a shiv, draws hairy vaginas on Criscoand Ricky’s likenesses.
You conquer it...
Tight on a ROLLING STONE COVER featuring Phantasm. SMASH!
Pull back to see it taped to heavy bag in the prison yard,
Chozen beating the hell out of it.
And you plan your next steps.
Chozen (Late 20’s, Stocky, Wearing prison khakis and T-shirt)
at PROCESSING WINDOW in prison. A GUARD slides him his BAG OFPROPERTY. He looks through his OLD POSSESSIONS.
Lucky for me, my sister’s lettin’me crash while I begin my quest forrap domination. Phantasm ain’tready for this.
Chozen tosses a bunch of OLD CLOTHES into a wastebasket,
holds onto a BASEBALL HAT, which he throws on.
I miss you bro, and I miss yoursoft cuddles...
Chozen rifles through his OLD WALLET. Throws away a WORNPHOTO OF HIM AND A TEENYBOPPER GIRL. Holds onto a CHUCK E
CHEEZE FREQUENT GAMER CARD.