Inspired by the book by journalist Dan Charnas entitled "The Big Payback," a narrative history of the hip-hop business, the film followed three young friends — Nikki (Afton Williamson), David (David Call) and DeeVee (Mack Wilds) — fulfilling their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990. The series will continue to explore their triumph and heartbreak trying to make their mark in a new and complex hip hop culture.
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, Barry Fouray (Wood Harris) 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 (Antoine Harris), 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.
Melonie Diaz ("Fruitvale Station"), Sinqua Walls ("Power") and Ali Ahn ("Billions") are joining the movie's original cast including Afton Willamson ("The Night Ofâ€¦"), Wood Harris ("The Wire"), Mack Wilds ("90210"), Antoine Harris ("Ballers"), David Call ("The Magicians") and Evan Handler ("Sex and the City").
"The Breaks" is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann ("The Wire," "The Walking Dead," "Homeland") with a story by Mann and Dan Charnas. Mann, Charnas, John J. Strauss ("Mozart in the Jungle"), Bill Flanagan and Darren Goldberg are executive producers. Maggie Malina, Chris McCarthy and Amy Doyle serve as executive producers for VH1.