When director Ernest Dickerson released “Juice” on January 17, 1992, he effectively changed hip-hop’s relationship with Hollywood. Twenty years later, “RapFix Live” will celebrate the game-changing movie on Wednesday with co-star Khalil Kain and Naughty by Nature, the hip-hop trio who contributed to the soundtrack.
Starring Kain, Omar Epps, Samuel L. Jackson and Tupac Shakur in his first starring role, “Juice” told the story of four Harlem youths who try desperately to overcome the treacherous pull of the streets. Though Tupac had a cameo in 1991′s “Nothing But Trouble,” his true acting debut came when he first put his acting chops on display playing the maniacal Bishop. Co-star Kain played the more level-headed Raheem Porter.
Before “Juice,” there weren’t many movies that effectively captured the harsh realities of the inner-city ghettos. With the exception of 1991′s “Boyz N the Hood,” these street tales were often left untold. The movie’s soundtrack was also groundbreaking, featuring classic hip-hop cuts like Eric B. & Rakim’s “Juice (Know the Ledge),” Too $hort’s “So You Want to Be a Gangster” and Naughty by Nature’s “Uptown Anthem.”
During their appearance on “RapFix Live,” Naughty by Nature will talk about the lasting influence of the film, the soundtrack and working with Shakur. That’s not all. “X Factor” rapper Astro will also join Sway on the “RapFix Live” couch and reveal which label he will sign his first record deal with.
Catch Naughty by Nature, Khalil Kain and Astro on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com, and be sure to join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive. Send your questions for the artists to @MTVRapFiX!