If there’s one thing to say about Empire, its ratings boom has opened the door for networks to take on different types of programs. So, when VH1 decided that they want to do their own hip-hop drama, titled The Breaks, it didn’t sound so surprising:
The TV movie/back-door pilot based on Dan Charnas’ best-selling book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop will star Wood Harris (The Wire), Mack (Tristan) Wilds (90210), Afton Williamson (Banshee), David Call (Gossip Girl) and Antoine Harris (HBO’s upcoming Ballers).
The film will travel viewers back to summer 1990 in New York, where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city. But they will all soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.
Writing and directing will be helmed by executive producer Seith Mann, who also has some Wire credits. Legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier will provide the score and also serve as executive music producer. The show sounds like “Empire for hip-hop heads,” which I assume means that they’ll have a one person per drum machine rule.