V filmu, posnetem po istoimenskem romanu raperja Prasa, ki odigra tudi glavno vlogo, spremljamo mladega raperja Diamonda, ki s prijateljem Gageom preprodaja droge za vplivnega Gospoda B-ja ter si obenem želi uspeti v glasbenem svetu. Ko mu nepričakovano umre mama, se v njegovo življenje po 12 letih spet vrne njegov oče, ki bi svojega sina rad pobliže spoznal, obenem pa mu njegovo dekle pove, da je zanosila. Za nameček Gage ukrade 100 tisoč dolarjev, da bi Diamond lahko posnel svoj album, a ne ve, da denar pripada Gospodu B-ju, ki je odločen, da ga bo dobil nazaj.
Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond, a rap musician. With his long-time pal Gage acting as his manager, he's trying to lay down a demo tape with cut-rate studio time. To pay the bills, he and Gage run drugs for "Mr. B." Inside a week, Diamond's beloved mother dies suddenly, his father appears after an absence of 12 years and wants a relationship, and his girlfriend Kia tells him she's pregnant, asking him if he's ready to be a father. Gage steals $100,000 in a multiple-felony robbery so that Diamond can record a full album, not knowing it's Mr. B's money he's taken. B wants his money, Diamond wants his music, Kia wants an answer.