Year of Release: 2007
Production Companies: Interscope Records/Codeblack Entertainment/Sunset Editorial
Sometimes there are moments when you didn’t know the existence of something. I mean I was well aware of some other “rap movies” that I have covered and plan to (Some I have not posted, but will). But it turns out, even some things are out there that you only find out about its existence just out of the blue, like this movie called “I Tried.”
“I Tried” is a movie that touches on what things would have been like had Bone Thugs-N-Harmony not meet Eazy-E (RIP) and what fate would have led them to. This is an actual movie, by the way, with the lead actors playing characters, even though they are referred to by names related to their real life personas and they even use names that are references of their real names. For example, Krayzie Bone’s character is named Ant, as a reference to his real name, Anthony Henderson. Even Layzie’s called Steven and even had his last name, Howse, mentioned. Wish Bone is called CeCe, which I am not sure if that is his nickname in real life, but I know his real first name starts with a C, so it’s possible. His real name is Charles Scruggs, by the way.
But despite all of that, they are all fictionalized and the film has a story to go with it. As noted before, it shows what their lives would have been like if they hadn’t gotten into the rap game.
What’s noticeable about this is the absences of Bizzy Bone and Flesh-N-Bone. Being that this was released in 2007, this was during the time when Bizzy was out of the group and the group was just a trio. This was likely filmed during the time when “Thug Stories” and “Strength & Loyalty” were recorded and/or released, so Bone Thugs was a trio during that time. Flesh was still in jail during that time, but even he wasn’t mentioned. I’m sure plenty of Bone fans would have known what a character was talking if they mention Steven’s brother Stanley, being that Flesh is Layzie’s real life brother. But anyway, back to the main topic.
So basically the film tells the stories of Ant (Krayzie), CeCe (Wish), and Steven (Layzie) and the paths they went through. Steven has become a cop, while Ant and CeCe are struggling with their lives. CeCe has a daughter and wants to make a better living for, even it’s through illegal means. Ant, on the other hand, while he had turned to a life of crime, wants to try to go legit and be a rapper, but he couldn’t get out of the life, if you know what I mean.
For a low budget movie, this isn’t bad. I mean I have seen plenty of these low budget rapper movies and while I know that they aren’t exactly great cinema, they’re passable, but then you have some that are just downright bad. Out of all the performances, Layzie actually impressed me. Being that he was playing a detective with a bad past, he had to deal with issues of people from his past, as well as deal with a crooked cop on the force. He actually showed some emotion in his scenes, so it made me wonder if he had any other roles besides this one.
But what stood out was the performance from Hassan Johnson as one of the drug dealers. I had seen him in other things, but he actually did a good job in his role as a drug dealer who doesn’t play. He was rather intimidating in his role.
Fun facts: I noticed that Darris Love and the late Nispey Hussle in this movie. Darris Love is someone who I will always remember from a show I watched as a child called “The Secret World of Alex Mack.” I know that this movie was from 12 years ago, but I had no idea that he was still acting. As for Nispey, he looked really young, as he had to have been 20 or 21 when this movie was done. It’s a real shame what happened to him, but that’s a topic for another day.
I don’t really have much else to say except that this movie wasn’t terrible, at least depending on the standards of what one considers good. It may seem like a typical crime story, but the story wasn’t bad. Sure, the ending was rather sad, but it basically went with the “what if” scenario that the plot was telling. It was not a bad way to pass an hour and a half. I wouldn’t call it great, but it’s passable.