Based on a true story, this gripping account of hip hop's early years follows Sherri Sher, who, growing up in the South Bronx during the 1970's and caring for her eleven siblings, forms an all-girl rap group and discovers that it is hard to earn respect in a male-dominated world.
Sher's life is the inspiration for this story of hip-hop and life in Bronx in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Strong-willed Shelly grows up in the Bronx with her multitude of siblings and hard-working single mom at a time when hip-hop is a street-corner phenomenon. Shelly gathers some friends to organize an all-female crew—a rarity in the male-dominated scene—and they hit the streets as the Mercedes Young Ladies. As the Ladies earn respect on the streets, urban life takes its toll: the girls are faced with drugs, violence and poverty. But Shelly and the girls persevere and find themselves running with the big boys. There isn't a fairy tale ending, and Sher takes pains to give a real sense of the burgeoning hip-hop scene, where the game is fast-paced and often unfair.
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