The musical comedy, which additionally stars Cedric the Entertainer, Lil Rel Howery and Lil Mama, focuses on a Hip Hop tradition in disaster and can see varied rap legends workforce as much as save the style.
The primary trailer for the film options caricatures of Kanye West (full with a face-covering masks), JAY-Z, an early Eminem and varied different figures together with Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Diddy, Run-DMC, Russell Simmons, Salt-N-Pepa, Joe Budden and Chris Rock.
Crockett himself performs a number of characters, together with Simmons who’s the founding father of Def Man Recordings — a spoof of his and Rick Rubin’s iconic Def Jam label.
Crockett stated of the movie: “A Hip Hop Story is our love letter to the tradition that formed our lives. It’s a comedy with a message that encourages all of us to see our worth.”
Producer Charlie Mack added: “A Hip Hop Story is an excellent journey over the span of fifty years, by way of the eyes of one of many forefathers of Hip Hop. The movie explores the place it got here from and the place the journey truly settles right this moment.”
The movie is launched within the U.S. on February 23.
Affion Crockett had beforehand revealed his expertise for impersonating Russell Simmons after he mocked the document government’s love of yoga.
Final yr, the comic posted a clip of Simmons practising yoga and carried out a comedic voiceover of the Def Jam founder’s inside ideas.
“That is a lot enjoyable, I’m bouncing the wrong way up,” Crockett says whereas laughing and mimicking Simmons’ distinctive lisp. “I’m bouncing the wrong way up. This little piggy went to the grocery store. I really feel like an the wrong way up turtle. That is loopy. Oh wait, starfish. Is my butthole imagined to itch? I can’t really feel my balls. They misplaced gravity.”
He continued: “That is superior. Is that this therapeutic massage vegan? What’s your identify? Paul? Good to fulfill you, white man who I don’t know.”
Simmons responded positively to the jokes, saying: “That is halarious [sic] i actually might have actually stated all of that foolish shit Truthfully im overjoyed at life im the luckiest man on earth.”
Crockett, who additionally impersonates JAY-Z within the movie, beforehand recalled bumping into the rapper, who was conscious of previous parodies he had accomplished of him.
“Hov loves the impression. The primary time I met him, I assumed I used to be going to get slapped, I ain’t going to lie,” he admitted. “I’m within the again … after which rapidly a wave of individuals are available down the steps, and it’s Jay and his entourage, they about to go to the stage.
“He sees me and begins strolling over to me. You understand how within the films when the digicam’s coming in direction of you and also you begin to get smaller? That’s how I felt. I used to be like, ‘Aww shit.’ He walks as much as me and he extends his hand, he’s like, ‘Yo, you be doing the Jigga man. I like that!’”