New Jack City – Theatrical release March 8th – Soundtrack March 5th, 1991
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Judd Nelson, Mario Van Peeples, Ice T, Chris Rock, Allen Payne
Directed By: Mario Van Peebles
New Jack City celebrates it’s 25th anniversary today, the film stars Wesley Snipes as the angel-of-death crack kingpin leader of the CMB, who holds a city in his grasp. Ice T, Judd Nelson and Mario Van Peebles (who also directs) play police officers who lay it all on the line. Chris Rock, Vanessa Williams and Christopher Williams also co-star.
The film is based upon an original story and screenplay written by Thomas Lee Wright. Troop, Keith Sweat and Color Me Badd all made appearances in New Jack City. Actor/Comedian Flex Alexander was an assistant choreographer for the film.
We recently spoke to Christopher Williams, who played Kareem Akbar; a bank teller turned gang member of the CMB. Christopher broke news regarding a sequel to UrbanBridgez.com “We’re working on My Brothers Keeper, I just got a script option which is the second chapter of New Jack City. It’s actually a film about YCMB, which is a new generation of CMB. Right now, we’re trying to get Lil Wayne to play Nino’s son Nico and hopefully Drake or Chris Brown will be playing my son Kareem Jr. The first scene will be Kareem Akbar getting out of jail, Nino doesn’t die. I have connections to the Russians who some I’ve been locked up with who have been running everything, so that’s how the film starts and then the younger generation takes over. It’s a movie about Marijuana coalition and a picture of the future in America pertaining to Marijuana, medically and economically.”
The soundtrack peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the R&B albums chart.
Color Me Badd scored a massive hit with the melodic, “I Wanna Sex You Up“. Troop and LeVert‘s new jack medley of “For The Love Of Money/Living For The City” features Queen Latifah and was one of the most played urban radio songs in 1991. “I’m Dreamin” was a huge hit for Christopher Williams, who also stars in the film and has been referenced in songs by Notorious B.I.G. and KRS-ONE.
[Music & Videos from New Jack City]