“Death of a Dynasty”

Michael Barron

Hip-hop has become an entity that crosses so many borders in American culture. “Death of a Dynasty” is a satirical look into the music industry.

The audience gets a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operations of Roc-A-Fella Records. The comedic romps of the movie’s characters bring more life to an already vivacious storyline.

This film is for those who enjoy the hip-hop world and all of its components.

The opening scene’s suspenseful array of actions will have viewers interested in investigating a conflict that has a serious effect. The film rewinds to an office, where the fictitious magazine “The Mic,” keeps its staff at work on hard-hitting stories involving some of today’s hip-hop superstars.

David (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), the head writer for “The Mic,” is offered a job that would make him a part of Roc-A-Fella Records. David meets the likes of Damon Dash (Capone) and Jay-Z (Robert Stapleton) and falls in love with the possibility that he too can climb the ladder of success.

The journey to the top troubles him. He soon forgets why he is with Roc-A-Fella, and eventually loses all sense of self. The moral obstacles put before him allow a moment of clarity to take place.

His interactions with some of rap’s hottest acts take him through a whirlwind fitting of Homer’s Odyssey.

The antics of Kevin Hart, who plays roles of an industry lackey to that of Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, can cause an uncontrollable laugh riot.

This film has its moments where those who have dreams of having a career in music; learn a few pointers about the hard work it takes to be a Jay-Z or another P. Diddy. With a load of celebrity cameos to add to the genuine feel of the upper echelon universe of entertainers’, this movie will definitely tickle your funny bone.