Hustle & Flow

Synopsis: Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Director(s): Craig Brewer
Production: MTV Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 46 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

See... ain't like a dog.

And when I say "man,"

I'm talking about man

as in mankind, not man as in men.

Because men,

well, we a lot like a dog.

You know, we like to piss on things.

Sniff a b*tch when we can.

Even get a little pink hard-on

the way they do.

We territorial as sh*t, you know,

we gonna protect our own.

But man...

...he know about death.

Got him a sense of history.

Got religion.


...a dog...

Man, a dog don't know sh*t

about no birthdays or Christmas

or Easter bunny, none of that sh*t.

And one day

God gonna come calling,

so, you know,

they going through life carefree.

But people like you and me, man,

we always guessing.

Wondering, "What if?"

You know what I mean?

So when you say to me,

"Hey, I don't think

we should be doing this,"

I gotta say, baby, I don't think

we need to be doing this neither,

but we ain't gonna get no move on

in this world, lying around in the sun,

licking our ass all day.

I mean, we man.

I mean, you a woman and all,

but we man.

So with this said... tell me what it is

you wanna do with your life.

I don't know.

- I mean, I guess I could, like...

- Hold up a second.

What's happening with you, man?

You like what you see, huh?

Look here, baby,

it break down like this:

Twenty in the front, 40 in the back.


Why don't you walk over there

and explain it to that motherf***er.

- Damn.

- From the D&Z sports desk,

I'm Dennis Phillippi, and the answer...

- Hot 107. 1, number one for hip-hop...

- Nothing but a bunch of jive and junk.

Coming up, your chance

to win a trip to Las Vegas.

Holler at your boy, it's Hot 107. 1.

- Please! F***ing with me, man! Hey!

- Hey, hey, hey!

Hey, what the hell?!

- Pull that sh*t again,

- Motherf***er, how you like that?

Boot your ass to hell.

- You heard me!

- Get the f*** up out of here.

Deranged son of a b*tch!

- You all right, Nola?

- Thanks, D.

Come on in, man. Come on in here.

Damn, man, you gotta

get some security up in here.

I'm the only

motherfucking security in here.

Sure is good

not to be cracking heads.

So, what you need, man,

a half or full O?

Ounce will do good.

Fourth coming up and all.

Righteous, man.

Hey, you remember

that sticky herb you brung up

to my brother's house for playoffs?

Yeah, I remember that sh*t.

That ain't this, now, man.

We talking about... That's

a whole other zip-up bag on that.

That's f***ing prime product

right there.

We got some big company

coming in here for the Fourth.

Thought you may want

to get you some money.

- Big company?

- Yeah.

- Like what?

- You know Skinny Black?

Skinny Black.

Yeah, that...

Yeah, I know who Skinny is, man.

I know Skinny from

way back in the day.

See, I know Skinny

when he was hustling

his underground tapes

down at the drive-in,

out the back of his Cutlass.

Not no more he ain't.

Last one he put out went platinum.

- Platinum?

- Yeah.

- That's more special than gold, right?

- But he's still in Memphis.

He and his brother Tigga hook up with

their friends every Fourth of July.

I shut the place down,

make it all private for them.

And they just buy me out.

- Bullshit.

- No sh*t.

Yo, Skinny rolling like that, man?

Best get your ass up here

with that good sh*t.

Those boys don't want

none of this dirt weed.

So you're trying

to hurt my feelings, right?

- Just trying to help out a friend.

- For sure, man.

All right, all right, all right,

goddamn it,

we're going into a 2-for-1

for all you balling motherfuckers.

You gonna love this sh*t.

These lovely ladies will be doing

two dances for the price of one.

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Craig Brewer

Craig Brewer (born December 6, 1971) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His 2005 movie Hustle & Flow won the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and achieved commercial success, along with an Academy Award for Best Original Song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp". more…

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