Pousse Mousse is a popular brand of liquid soap in France, known for its catchy jingle and colorful packaging. But did you know that it also inspired a rap group in the United States CB4, a 1993 comedy film starring Chris Rock, tells the story of a fictional rap group that adopts the name of a prison cell block where they claim to have formed. The group's name is a homage to Pousse Mousse, which they saw in a French magazine and thought it sounded cool. The film is a satire of the gangsta rap genre and its stereotypes, as CB4 pretend to be hardcore criminals while they are actually middle-class suburbanites. The film features cameo appearances by several real-life rap artists, such as Ice-T, Flavor Flav, and Eazy-E.
The film was a moderate success at the box office, grossing over $17 million on a $6 million budget. It also received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Rock's performance and the humor, but criticized the plot and the direction. The film has since gained a cult following among fans of hip-hop and comedy. The film also spawned a soundtrack album, which featured original songs by CB4 as well as tracks by other artists. The album peaked at number 41 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold by the RIAA.
CB4 is an example of how pop culture can cross borders and create unexpected connections. Pousse Mousse may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for a rap group, but it shows how creativity can find inspiration anywhere. Whether you are a fan of soap or rap, you can enjoy CB4 as a funny and clever parody of the music industry and its myths.
CB4 is not only a hilarious spoof of the rap scene, but also a film full of trivia and references to other movies and celebrities. Here are some of the most interesting facts about CB4 that you may not know:
Charlie Murphy, who plays Gusto and is Eddie Murphy's older brother, told stories of his misadventures as a part of Eddie's entourage while on the set of this film. Those stories, which featured encounters with Prince and Rick James, would later be featured on Chappelle's Show as Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories[^1^].
For his second audition for the role of Gusto, Charlie Murphy brought a real loaded gun to his audition and he got the part. The gun belonged to Ray Murphy Jr.[^1^]
Chris Rock re-enacts his crack smoking scene (with the same facial expressions and wearing the same clothing) from the film New Jack City (1991)[^1^], in which he also co-starred with Allen Payne, who plays Dead Mike in CB4.
At the end of the movie, there is a scene in which Chris Rock haggles idiotically with Isaac Hayes. This is a spoof of a similar conversation between the same two actors in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)[^1^], in which Chris Rock played a customer at Isaac Hayes' rib joint.
The rap group CB4 claim to be from the town of Locash. LoCash is in fact the name of one of the film's screenwriters, Robert LoCash[^1^].
The three songs performed by CB4 are loose remakes of real rap songs. 'Straight Outta Locash' was 'Straight Outta Compton' by N.W.A, 'Sweat from My Balls' was 'Talk Like Sex' by Kool G. Rap & D.J. Polo and 'Rapper's Delight' was originally by the Sugar Hill Gang[^1^].
As Chris Rock narrates the movie, he compares the real Gusto to Nino Brown. Nino Brown was the main drug lord in the movie New Jack City (1991)[^1^].
The ragtime piano melody heard in the nursing home sequence is actually the Sugar Hill Gang's \"Rapper's Delight\"[^1^].
Ron Howard filmed a cameo as himself but it was later deleted[^1^].
The film was released on March 12, 1993, exactly one year after The Player (1992), another mockumentary comedy that features several celebrity cameos[^2^].
The film was produced by Imagine Entertainment, co-founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer[^2^].
The film features cameo appearances by several real-life rap artists, such as Halle Berry, Eazy-E, Butthole Surfers, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Flavor Flav, and Shaquille O'Neal[^2^].
The film was inspired by This Is Spinal Tap (1984), a mockumentary comedy about a fictional rock band[^2^].
CB4 is a film that pays tribute to the rap culture and its history, while also poking fun at its clichÃs and contradictions. It is a film that can be enjoyed by fans of comedy and music alike, as it offers laughs and insights into the world of hip-hop. ec8f644aee