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Russel Simmons - Krush Groove (1985)

Artists aren’t the only ones into making their own films. Sometimes the entire label gets in on the act. Such is the case with Krush Groove. The brainchild of Russell Simmons, the young mogul wanted to show off his roster of artists on the then-relatively unknown Def Jam Records label.

Krush Groove is based on the early days of Def Jam and up-and-coming record producer Russell Simmons (renamed Russell Walker in the film), portrayed by Blair Underwood in his feature film debut. The film features notable appearances from LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, New Edition, Run DMC, Rick Rubin, Andre Harrell and many more.

The film did well in theaters. Unfortunately, many fights also broke out in theaters where it was released. The soundtrack reached No. 79 on the Pop carts and No. 14 on the R&B charts and, like most rock music films, it was nominated for a Golden Raspberry for the song “All You Can Eat” by The Fat Boys.

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