It Came From the South

A sensation at Sundance, the hip-hop drama Hustle & Flow mixes sass and sentiment in an indie blockbuster with a Memphis accent

The lyrics --"You know it's hard out here for a pimp/ When he's gotta get the money for the rent"--don't quite have the lilt of "Some day my prince will come." And the rapper who composed that verse is no Snow White. DJay is a black man, a Memphis, Tenn., dope dealer and peddler of prostitutes' flesh. But his yearning has the same intensity as any Disney heroine's. For DJay has a mission: he wants to make a hit record. He dares to dream the pimpossible dream.

DJay (Terrence Howard) is the sort-of hero of Hustle & Flow, a hip-hop Star...

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