Bishop, Q, Raheem and Steel are four Harlem friends who spend their days skipping school, getting in fights, and casually shoplifting. The only member of the group who has plans for the future is Q, who dreams of becoming a deejay. But one day Bishop happens to see James Cagney in White Heat and the film inspires him to buy a gun. His plan is to rob a corner store and split the money. Everyone goes along with the plan except for Q, who is competing that night in a deejay contest. At the club, Q is a rousing success, but he spies the stern faces of his friends through the cheering crowd and realizes that he has to go along with the robbery, which goes completely wrong.
Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Cindy Herron, Vincent Laresca, Samuel L. Jackson, George O Gore II, Grace Garland, Queen Latifah, Idina Harris, Victor Campos, Eric A Payne, Sharon Cook, Darien Berry, Maggie Rush, Mark Knox, Rony Clanton, Michael Badalucco, Jacqui Dickerson, Pablo Guzman, Randy Frazier, LaTanya Richardson, Oran Jones, Mitchell Marchand, Lauren Jones, Birdie M Hale, L B Williams, Donald Faison, John DiBenedetto, Ed Lover, Dr. Dre, Fab Five Freddy, Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith