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Death Of A Dynasty

Death Of A Dynasty

Director:Damon Dash
Cast:Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Devon Aoki, Capone, Robert Stapleton, Rashida Jones, Damon Dash
Release Date:2005

By Bret McCabe | Posted 4/27/2005

Former Roc-a-Fella Records CEO/business juggler Damon Dash proves more money means mo’ problems when he straps on his director’s hat for Death of a Dynasty. Dave Katz (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), a hip-hopped white journalist for Mic Check, gets assigned to go deep, deep, deep into the inner workings of Roc-a-Fella, following the permanently blinged-out Damon Dash (Capone) as he cavorts in the Hamptons, tosses around Aramndale like its tap water, and maybe even butts heads with his star talent, Jay-Z (Robert Stapleton, who has Jigga’s slicker-than-a-duck’s-butt nonchalance down pat). Are Jay and Damon gonna let a piece of model booty named Picasso (Devon Aoki) muck up what they built? Is Katz gonna let his inflated ego get in the way of his journalistic integrity? Is the beef just a marketing scam? And just how many discarded Mad TV sketches mocking rap stereotypes can one movie coddle together? Packing almost as many NYC cool people cameos as a Lil’ Jon video or Howard Dean dinner—holla Mo Rocca and Chloë Sevigny—Death of a Dynasty bills itself as hip-hop’s This Is Spinal Tap but is more like its Xanadu—and Jigga what? if Dave Chappelle ever sets his sights on this.

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