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VH1 has a new original movie called “The Breaks,” which chronicles three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry.

The film will travel viewers 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 city.  They will discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.

“The Breaks,” is based on journalist Dan Charnas’ book “The Big Payback,” a narrative history of the hip hop business. The original movie, which chronicles the journey of three friends (Mack Wilds, Afton Williamson and David Call)  united by their love of hip hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry.  “The Breaks” reunites Wire favorites Wood Harris (Remember The Titans, Paid in Full) and Mack Wilds (90210) along with writer, director and executive producer Seith Mann ( The Wire, The Walking Dead and Homeland).  Our cast is led by  Afton Williamson (Banshee, Pariah, Man on a Ledge)  and newcomers David Call (Gossip Girl)  along with Antoine Harris (HBO’s  series Ballers and Starz’s Power), Evan Handler (Californication,  Sex & The City), Russell Hornsby (Grimm, Lincoln Height) and rapper Method Man.  “The Breaks” is scored and executive music produced by DJ Premier.

“The Breaks” will premiere Monday, January 4 at 9pm ET.

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