VH1 is wasting no time kicking off the new year with the first must-see movie of 2016. Tonight they debut the hip-hop drama, The Breaks.
The story focuses on three friends’ journey as they grind to make it in the music industry. The Breaks chronicles the journey of Nikki (Afton Williamson), David (David Call) and DeeVee (Mack Wilds), three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will travel viewers back to the summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city.
Inspired by the book by journalist Dan Charnas entitled “The Big Payback,” a narrative history of the hip-hop business, The Breaks is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire, The Walking Dead, Homeland) with a story by Mann and Charnas.
The cast is comprised of Wood Harris, Mack Wilds, Afton Williamson, David Call and Antoine Harris. Additional cast members include Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Evan Handler, Russell Hornsby and AFRO. Legendary New York music producer DJ Premier will compose the score and serve as executive music producer.
The Breaks is the third movie in VH1’s recent successful push into scripted programming, following the 2013 record-breaking premiere of CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and the success of last year’s original movie, Drumline: A New Beat.
The film debuts tonight on VH1 beginning at 9pm; check out the teaser below