Ernest R. Dickerson
Four Harlem homeboys kick their troublesome habits up a notch in this intense urban drama. Torn between his dream of becoming a rap DJ and his devotion to his friends, "Q" (Omar Epps) gets pressured into a store robbery instigated by Bishop (Tupac Shakur). But a quest for respect and power leads to disaster when the game plan goes awry and their lives change forever. Samuel L. Jackson shines in a bit part as a billiards hall proprietor.