The movie chronicles the journey of Nikki, David and DeeVee, three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film travels back to the summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry's artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city.
Nikki Jones is a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record exec. Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father's laurels and notorious reputation. DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up.
Nikki fast talks her way into an internship at the premier hip-hop company, Fouray Entertainment and catches the eye of the label's infamous founder, while David struggles at the city's top R&B radio station whose celebrity DJ refuses to program real hip-hop. Meanwhile, DeeVee returns to his roots in the Fort Greene projects to scout for talent and runs into Ahm, a drug dealer with a lyrical gift whose talent could bring them all to the next level. But they will soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.
Mack (Tristan) Wilds takes on the role of Daryl "DeeVee" Van Putten, Jr., an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up. DeeVee is prep school educated since his father moved him from the Ft. Greene projects to a middle class neighborhood in Jamaica, Queens, where he grew up. A George Washington University dropout, DeeVee faces constant disappointment and pressure from his dad on his decision to forego his academic career in favor of one in music.
Afton Williamson plays Nikki Jones, a brilliant, recent George Washington University grad who is also a smart, striking, and very determined hip-hop aficionado. Nikki gets her first big break in the industry when she fast talks her way into an internship at the premier hip-hop company, Fouray Management, and catches the eye of the label's infamous founder, Barry Fouray.
David Call plays David Aaron, known as much for his passion and knowledge of music as his wicked sense of humor. Nikki's boyfriend and the scrappy son of legendary music producer Juggy Aaron, David is unwilling to rest on his father's laurels and notorious reputation. Like Nikki and his best friend, DeeVee, David is a passionate, true fan of hip-hop determined to see the art form properly recognized, respected and presented to the masses in an unfiltered fashion.
Wood Harris plays Barry Fouray, the infamous founder of iconic hip-hop company, Fouray Management. Barry is a man short on time and of temper, zeroed in on his bottom line, but he has launched legendary artists in his day. The question is whether he can keep the legend alive as the industry continues to transform.
Method Man plays Darryl Van Puten, Sr., DeeVee's perennially irritated father. Darryl is a stern, solid man who is unimpressed with DeeVee's efforts to break into the music business. Darryl believes his son needs to be treated with tough-love and give up this rap thing if he's ever going to get his life together.
Antoine Harris plays Ahmed "Ahm" Harris, a hard-knock Brooklyn kid who grew up in the drug game. Ahm is a cold and pragmatic, as well as a brilliant rapper who has gained a reputation for himself as an unrivaled MC.
"The Breaks" is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann ("The Wire," "The Walking Dead," "Homeland"). Dan Charnas and Maggie Malina also serve as executive producers. Darren Goldberg executive produces for Atlantic Pictures. VH1 executive producers are Susan Levison and Bill Flanagan.