Who's the Man?
is a 1993 comedy film
by Ted Demme
. The film stars Yo! MTV Raps
hosts Doctor Dré
and Ed Lover
as it's two main protagonists. The movie was the first to be released by MTV Films
, and features dozens of cameo appearances from some of the top rap
acts of the time, including (though not limited to) Busta Rhymes
, Eric B.
, House of Pain
, Kriss Kross
, Queen Latifah
, and Run-D.M.C.
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 police force. Things are seeming to be going good for them, when tragedy suddenly strikes, and they lose a close friend. Now enforcers of the law, the tag team decides to investigate the incident, which they believe is a murder.
Ed and Dré find out through the streets that a crooked land developer named Demetrius (Richard Bright) might have had something to do with their friends death, and begin to try and dig up as much dirt on him as possible. This becomes very hard, 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 Mr. 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 bodies slowly continue to pile up around them.
Tagline: The first hip-hop whodunnit!