Who's the Man?

Who's the Man?

Who's the Man?
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ted Demme
Produced by Grace Blake
Screenplay by Seth Greenland
Story by Doctor Dré
Ed Lover
Seth Greenland
Starring Doctor Dré
Ed Lover
Badja Djola
Denis Leary
Richard Bright
Music by Michael Wolff
Nic. tenBroek
Cinematography Adam Kimmel
Edited by Jeffrey Wolf
John Gilroy
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates April 23, 1993
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $11,299,730[1]

Who's the Man? is a 1993 thriller comedy film, directed by Ted Demme, in his feature film directing debut. The film stars Yo! MTV Raps hosts Doctor Dré and Ed Lover as its two main protagonists., it features dozens of cameo appearances from some of the top rap/hip-hop acts of the time, including (though not limited to) Busta Rhymes, Bushwick Bill, Guru, Eric B., House of Pain, Ice-T, Kris Kross, Queen Latifah, KRS-One and Run-D.M.C.. This film is also the feature film debut of Terrence Howard.


Doctor Dré and Ed Lover are two bumbling barbers at a Harlem barbershop. Knowing full well that cutting hair is not their calling, their boss, friend, and mentor Nick (Jim Moody) tells the two maybe they should try out for the police academy. Crazily enough, it works out for the two, and they are accepted on the New York City police force. Things seem to be going well for them, when tragedy suddenly strikes, and they lose Nick. Now enforcers of the law, the tag team decides to investigate the incident, which they believe to be a murder.

Ed and Dre find out through the streets that a crooked land developer named Demetrius (Richard Bright) might have had something to do with their friend's death, and proceed to attempt to dig up as much dirt on him as possible. This proves to be difficult, however, when they've got a nutty Sergeant (Denis Leary), a moody detective (Rozwill Young), and a bunch of unwilling street hoods (Guru, Ice-T) to go through to get the information they need. Though there aren't any certain clues to be found, strange happenings are certainly going on, as Demetrius' company seems to be digging for something rather than looking to build on all the property he's buying up in their Harlem neighborhood, and the bodies slowly continue to pile up around them.

Tagline: The first hip-hop whodunnit!


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Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 43% based on reviews from 7 critics.[2]

Roger Ebert gives a favorable review, with a score of 3 stars out of 4.[3]


A soundtrack containing hip hop music was released on April 20, 1993 through MCA Records. It peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.


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