Bling Bling Release Date: 2002 Genre: Action Director: Mark Clayborne (The Record Deal) Writer: Mark Clayborne (The Record Deal) Staring: Mark Clayborne, Shaheed Hooper and Brice McMillon On the eve of the release of Mark Clayborne’s second directorial effort The Record Deal through Maverick Entertainment, it’s appropriate to remind you how far he’s come since […]

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Bling Bling
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Action
Director: Mark Clayborne (The Record Deal)
Writer: Mark Clayborne (The Record Deal)
Staring: Mark Clayborne, Shaheed Hooper and Brice McMillon

On the eve of the release of Mark Clayborne’s second directorial effort The Record Deal through Maverick Entertainment, it’s appropriate to remind you how far he’s come since his first film. The Record Deal is far from perfect, but it’s a very enjoyable urban flick. The very opposite of that would be Bling Bling, an embarrassing production that almost gives Diggin’ For Dollars a run for its money.

Bling Bling is so bad that up until a month before The Record Deal’s release, Maverick Entertainment was plugging Clayborne’s first effort as being the amicable Ice Grill. Nope. Clayborne, from what I know, had nothing to do with Ice Grill. The only thing he’d done before The Record Deal was this.

Why am I spending so much time expounding upon Clayborne’s resume? If you’ve seen both of Clayborne’s films, you’ll understand why. Minus the genre similarities, Bling Bling and The Record Deal are like night and day.

Shot on what must have been incredibly cheap video, Clayborne made Bling Bling on the cheap, and it shows. It was produced with help from the New York Digital Training Center, essentially making it a bad student film that obtained distribution thanks to the urban boom. Like his second film, though, there’s no one to blame (or praise) for how it turned out but Clayborne. He wrote, directed, produced, and acted in Bling Bling.

Like The Record Deal, Bling Bling focuses on the evils of the record industry. A hot rapper is shot by record label thugs when he decides its time to move to a more respectful label. Both his rapper brother and the police want to see the guilty brought to court, and so goes another urban film with barely audible dialogue, a terrible script, and absolutely nothing going for it.

Most first time directors who sold their urban films to York took their check and went back to their more lucrative jobs at Circuit City (or if you’re the director of Ax ‘Em, go to jail). Clayborne stayed in the game even after making such a terrible film, and looks to be a rising director two and a half years later.

DVD: Barebones.

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