True to the Game (2017) Script

What the...?


Come on, bitch, answer the phone, please.

Why do you keep callin' me?

Because I'm tryin' to make sure you gettin' ready.

I'm putting on my make-up.

I had to finish my homework and then I had to wait for Gah-Git to go to her Bible meeting.

Well, I hit a lick and bought some new shit.

I'ma be the baddest bitch in the club.

And as sexy as that sounds, why are you puttin' so much on this?

You gotta live more, Gena.

You have not been out since you was with that pussy ass nigga Jamal.

Uh, because I'm trying to graduate from college.

It helps if you study.

One night in New York.

Let's do this.

Okay, and we gon' do it, but I can't do it unless you let me get off the phone and finish getting ready.

All right, all right. My Uber's here anyway.

I'ma go home and change and I'll meet you at the train station, all right?

Bye.

Hey.

I gotta stop by the crib and change my shirt before we hit New York.

Triflin' ass hooker got lipstick on it.

So, uh, who's this kid we're finna go see?

Man, his name Young World. Man, he next up.

Young World, huh? Yeah.

Next up.

He gon' have the bitches there tonight, man.

What it do? Besides me?

Nothin'. Philly's finest.

Just as Allah has willed.

Where you been at, Qua? It's been weeks.

You said we were supposed to kick it.

It's been hectic, and I didn't say that.

Disagree all you want, you know I'm right.

Hey, I told you I'm handlin' business.

You need to handle this business.

Your business doesn't pay, it costs.

All right then, Qua.

I see how you do.

Just keep that thang lookin' right and tight.

Keep it right, I'ma come through later, all right?

...the left side of the court.

Passes it quickly over to the right, dribbling up to the...

Throwing it up to the top of the key.

Fakes his shot to get his man in the air.

Drives down the lane.

Beautiful pass! Yeah?

We straight?

I'd have called you if we weren't.

It's in for two!

Interuptin' my game.

See, I don't even know why you deal with all that right there, man. She rude, got you too close to the curb.

She keeps me tight, she keeps me right.

That's exactly where I'm supposed to be.

♪ Fuckin' it up ♪ ♪ She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She twerk with no hands She twerk for the bands ♪

♪ She don't give no fuck ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She up on the pole ♪

♪ Mommy go up And money go up ♪

♪ She don't give a fuck ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She twerk for them bands ♪

♪ Don't got no man She don't give a fuck ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

Shit, we in free?

Yo, what up family?

How you? Playin'.

How you? Qua?

Qua?

What's up? As-Salaam-Alaikum, huh?

Wa-Alaikum-Salaam. And them two.

Them right there? I got you.

♪ She fuckin' it up ♪ ♪ She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She twerk with no hands She twerk for the bands ♪

♪ She don't give no fuck ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She up on the pole ♪

♪ Mommy go up And money go up ♪

♪ She don't give a fuck ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She twerk for them bands ♪

♪ Don't got no man She don't give a fuck ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She dance for the bands ♪

♪ Them broke niggas Don't got a chance ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She's fuckin' it up She's fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She's fuckin' it up ♪

♪ Doin' her dance Not givin' a fuck ♪ Hey Quadir. How you doin', beautiful?

I got you set up in VIP. All right, all right.

♪ I'm ready to buy her Whatever she want ♪

♪ Maybe them niggas is broke ♪

♪ Manny get money and stunt... ♪ Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

♪ ...In the club And I'm only 19 ♪

♪ Fuck it, girl, I got a pocket of green ♪

♪ Fuck who you came with You leavin' with me ♪

♪ I valeted the car They gonna throw me the key ♪

♪ Yeah, I could buy you a V ♪

♪ But I'd rather Just give you the D ♪

♪ A hundred bottles Hundred models ♪

♪ When I'm in ace of diamonds ♪

♪ Diamonds ever landing flexing ♪

♪ Straight to my section blessing ♪

♪ She lookin' all good... ♪ Hey, yo, ain't that Quadir Richards?

Who's Quadir Richards?

That nigga move more weight in the city than anybody.

He looks just like a regular dude.

Nah, it ain't shit regular about Quadir.

This nigga got hoes... Yo, son, make a hole.

Hey, nigga, watch where the fuck you goin'.

Fuck you, motherfucker.

Okay, all right. Easy, easy, easy, easy, easy.

Punk ass Philly niggas.

We'll see that nigga later.

♪ She twerk for them bands ♪

♪ Don't got no man She don't give a fuck ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ Yes, she is She dance for the bands ♪ Y'all good, okay? We good to go in?

Yeah. Enjoy yourself.

Appreciate you meetin' with me. As-Salaam-Alaikum.

Wa-Alaikum-Salaam. Respect, respect.

Yes, sir. Give me one second.

♪ Can't even choose Can't even front, y'all ♪

♪ I'm lovin' the view ♪

♪ Think I'm a Crip All this money I blew ♪

♪ Investing, caressing, texting, sexing, spending ♪

♪ Just the shit that I do ♪

♪ VIP. lit She a bad bitch ♪

♪ Chances are I already hit Don't ask who I'm with ♪

♪ I keep to myself in the cut Throwin' cash on a bitch ♪

♪ Swag on a bitch... ♪ Mm-mm.

He probably makin' good money, too.

Needs some parental guidance on how to spend it.

Oh, you gon' help him spend it?

♪ Got her head right I'm watching all night ♪

♪ And she be twerking All night ♪

♪ She the girl in the club That I came to see ♪

♪ Bad bitch Now she fuck with me... ♪ What you think about him?

He good, real good, man.

Let's got to the bathroom. I gotta freshen up.

♪ She don't give no fuck ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up ♪

♪ She fuckin' it up She fuckin' it up ♪

In the music business as well?

I'm a little bit of everything, Winston, but right now, I'm in the expansion business.

Opening up new territories, and if we do this right.

Everybody's winning.

Everybody know if you say it, it is what it is.

I'm ready to suit up and work, man.

Right now. That's what I like to hear.

That's what I like to hear. I'm only asking you for two things... loyalty and consistency. That's it.

Well, look here, Q. As a man where I come from, when it come to loyalty and consistency, we give it back 300 times, man.

I bring it.

I like that Winston.

I like that. Ay, ay, Ra!

Get him a shot, man.

Come on, girl.

Listen, let me tell you.

I'm the baddest jawn in this spot tonight, okay?

Yo, I'm about to get mine.

Mm, you need to slow your ass down.

Now we said we was gonna have fun tonight.

Now, let's have some fun, all right?

Okay? All right.

Now, I'm ready.

I'm gon' get my life.

Now, I'm ready to go. Well, go ahead.

I'll be out in a minute. All right, I'll be out here.

See what we got, oh.

Black, count it in the bag.

We don't want the whole fuckin' world to know.

We good. You sure?

We good.

We good?

The baby got new shoes. We out.

My man, Winston.

Ay, white Corolla out front. All right.

All right, listen to me.

From now on, you need anything, you go through Ra.

Nobody else. Absolutely.

All right? Respect Q.

Respect. All right, man.

All right.

All right, brother.

My man, make me something dark. You got it.

Yeah. Hey!

Sahirah? What you doin' up here?

Come here.

Nothin', girl. Just takin' a break from the city.

What, you puttin' in work in New York, huh?

Girl, who you here with? My girl Gena Rollins.

I don't think you know Gena. She from Philly, though.

Is that right? Mm-hm.

Okay. So, what's up?

You ain't gonna order me nothin' to drink?

Oh, I'm sorry love.

Yo, my man. Can I have a vodka and orange?

Actually, make that a double.

You got it. Thank you.

So, what's good? Man, you tell me.

Okay, don't tell me that.

Hey, you used to hit that right?

She community property. That jawn spread like butter.

Yeah, I see. Nigga, look. She over there dick riding the budget nigga from Quadir's crew.

Everybody and their mama from Philly up in this piece tonight, even Fat Winston.

You know his fat ass always lookin' for a new connect. And Quadir got that pure shit.

Nigga, I know Quadir ain't puttin' that fat ass nigga down.

Nigga, we bigger than Winston. Damn right.

How ya doin', queen?

You tell me, king.

This queen got a name?

Oh, so, we just... we gon' play this game all night?

I mean, I can go all night. I bet you could.

All night.

See look at this, look at that. See that?

All these distractions, pretty distraction, pretty distraction, pretty distraction.

All I seem to be able to focus on is you.

Really? Yes. So, let's make a deal.

I guess your name right, you leave with me right now.

No questions asked. That's not gonna happen.

Gena, how you doin'?

How do you know my name? Rollins, right?

Philly, right?

Okay, this is too weird for words.

How do you know my name and where I'm from?

So, you're saying I won? Did I get it?

I mean... Where I'm from, you make a deal... Gena!

...you stick to your deal. Really? Does it?

Gena! We should be out...

Yo, what's up, Quadir?

What's up, big homey? What you doin' up this way?

Hey, brother, I don't know you.

Let me make the introduction. This Jerrell Jackson, this Rich Green, and they homegirl...

Aubrey.

They makin' a few moves in the streets.

A few moves? I don't know who you talkin' to.

No, no, no. I'm talkin' to you.

Like I said, a few. No, it's all respect.

I don't understand what this conversation's about.

We respect what you're doin' in the streets. We just wanted to say what's up. I'm sorry, I don't know... what it is you think I do, but, ay, it was a pleasure to meet you. As-Salaam-Alaikum.

All right? Turn up.

Easy.

I'm so over it.

You rushed me to come here, now you rushin' me to leave.

Chill, we not leavin'. Then why are we outside?

We waitin' on Rasun and Quadir to come out.

But you could've seen them inside.

Mm-mm, then Rich Green would've seen me.

Who is Rich Green? Did you see the scary lookin' guy with the beard?

Girl, every guy in Philly got a beard.

True. Well, I used to fuck Rich Green and I don't want Rasun to know.

Rasun and Quadir are friends.

That's why you gave him my shit.

Now, I told him your name. I can't help he texted Quadir.

Come on, here they come.

Just let them take us. I gotta go to church in the morning, why you...

Hey, so they about to bring the car around.

What y'all tryin' to get into?

Ay, man, you know what they tryin' to get into.

I say we ride home with y'all. I like that.

Because it's too late to get on the train, right?

It's too late, it's too late.

You famous, motherfucker!

Yeah. Teach yo' ass, nigga.

Oh my God, this is so good.

Yeah, nothing works up an appetite like being shot at.

You know, Gena really loves lobster.

Is that right? Mm-hm.

Well, you should, uh, come down to... to the restaurant. My chef makes a... wonderful lobster.

You've got your own restaurant? Who, my man Qua?

He got the hottest restaurant in the city.

Oh, we already in there.

Ain't that right, Gena? Yeah, maybe.

Mm. I gotta go to the ladies' room, like, now.

Gena? I'm good.

I gotta go, too.

Okay.


Why does it gotta to be so much killin' out there?

Why you talking to me like I'm responsible?

I'm just sayin'.

Sorry.

It's crazy to me. It is.

What are you gonna do about it?

Me? Yeah, you.

I don't know, that's up to the politicians.

I'm still in school. Oh, you in school?

What you majorin' in? English literature.

You tryin' to be a writer? I am a writer.

Let me read some of your work. I'm sorry, I don't let strangers read my work.

You do know that when you sit down and break bread with somebody, technically you're not a stranger anymore?

Listen, Quadir, you seem like a really nice guy.

I appreciate dinner. You taking us home is really nice, but I know what you do.

Oh, do you? Yes, and I've been there before. Mm.

And I know most girls would just take the money.

So, you think... you think... you think that I care more about what's in between your legs than...

Come on, we both know you're not interested in reading my work. All you wanna do is hit and that's good for you. But, that's not who I am.

Okay?

Thank you for keeping it 100. I appreciate that.

I don't hide what I do. It was a conscious decision.

I'm a young, black, successful criminal.

Yeah, that's what I do.

That's not who I am.

I love reading. I love music.

I love art, anything that'll... stimulate my intellect. So, I... I... apologize.

I assumed you being a writer... possibly written something that could do that.

What's up, y'all good?

We good?

All right, y'all, I love you girl.

I'll call you later. All right, love you.

Hey, Quadir.

You make sure you get her home safe, you hear me?

Love you. Love you, too.

Be good to her. All right.

Please.


Are you Muslim? Yeah, I don't practice the tenants like you supposed to, but I'm Muslim.

I wrote about Malcolm X's haj to Mecca in my blog.

Very courageous man.

That's crazy, because I'm a huge fan of Malcolm X and his philosophies on economic independence.

Actually, let me... let me... let me... see your phone.

Okay.

I'ma put my number... in here and you can call me and we can talk about it.

That was smooth how you did that. You accidentally on purpose called your phone so you can get my number?

Can you drop me off at this store over here?

I forgot to get something for Gah-Git.

What the hell is a Gah-Git?

Gah-Git. Gah-Git.

My grandmother. Oh.

So, when we were younger she would say, "Gah git" this, "Gah git" that, and so we've been callin' her that ever since.

I can wait, make sure you get home safe.

That was sweet, but I'm okay.

Gah-Git sees me come home with you?

She'll send the whole praise team to lay hands on me.

We don't need that.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

What's up, Cherelle?

It's damn near morning. What happened?

Nah, I was knocked out.

I been waitin' all night for you.

I had a long day.

Let me call you tomorrow.

Oh, wow.

You famous, motherfucker.

Get your ass uptown, nigga.

You owe us money, you pay the consequences.

You fucking bitch.

You better run, hoe.

Faster!

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Let's continue.

In a few words, tell me what you're calling about.

I'm callin' about your fucked-up ass customer service, bitch ass machine.

Pitchin' for the Phillies now? The hell is wrong with you?

I was tryin' to pay my bills, but now they always want you to talk to some damn machine.

Gettin' on my nerves. What you doin' here?

I was in the neighborhood, so I thought I'd stop by.

What's wrong?

I got a get-the-fuck-out eviction notice.

Been payin' my damn mortgage for 27 years on time.

Three years to go, how they gon' send me a notice like that?

Shoog, you had me worried over here. I got you, don't worry. Calm down. No, no, no, no.

I ain't like that.

Everybody always come in with some stories, askin' for moneys.

Shoog. Shoog. I got mine.

Shoog, You know I can hold it.

Sit down.

First of all... you're not everybody, you're family.

If I have a dollar, you have a dollar.

These all your bills? Yeah, why?

All of 'em? Yeah.

I'm gonna take 'em to my accountant.

Make sure he take care of 'em.

You don't have to call nobody ever.

Word?

Here's some walkin' around money.

Go get yourself somethin' nice, get somethin' for the kids.

Gimme some sugar. Aww, here ya go.

I don't know what I would do without you.

I hear what you be out here doing without me.

Man, I hear about your little hot pocket.

You better clean that shit up.

Hey, you know this lady named Gah-Git?

Gah-Git?

Shoot, when I was a baby, she was the one that introduced me into these streets.

That was before she found God and got saved.

What you asking about Gah-Git for?

She a little long in the tooth for you.

Nah, it's her granddaughter.

You know, light-skin, short hair, Gena Rollins.

Ah, little Gena? Yeah.

She got you feeling some kinda way?

I mean I met her. I read her blog.

She's a writer.

Yeah, well, you can write that one off.

Whoa, now you talkin', now you gotta say somethin' that makes sense.

You in the wrong line of business, baby.

She used to date this dealer when she was a teenager.

What was that boy's name? Uh, Jamal.

Yeah, they did the whole baller, Pretty Woman thing.

So, is she still with him? What happened?

Nope, he also did, Ike Turner beat the shit outta yo ass thing, too.

She already been to the magic show, seen all the tricks.

Her mama died of a drug overdose.

You want some breakfast? No, I'm good, I'm all right.

I gotta get out of here. You always runnin'.

Time is money, Shoog. Mm-hm.

Love you boy.

Bria, you been playin' on my computer again?

Uh-uh, but this salad about to be good. Gah-Git, you know there's other stuff you could use besides pork to make collard greens, right?

Like what, Bria?

Well, they got this stuff called smoked black pepper.

Gena, tell her. Mm-mm, I'm over here tryin' to get ahead on my homework, so I can relax on Spring Break.

Well, there's nothing that can replace meat perfectly, but the smoked black pepper is good.

Smoked black pepper, huh? Yup.

Did you get some? No, but they got it at the health food store.

Oh, and you didn't bring none home?

Now, you know I ain't got no job, Gah-Git.

Well, then, how you gon' tell me how to cook if you ain't prepared to buy it?

Because, I'm just sayin'. Say it when you get a job.

What you smirkin' for?

What? I saw you comin' in here early this mornin'. Gah-Git, I was going to get you...

I ain't said nothin', 'cause I saw you strugglin' to stay awake when Rev was preaching his sermon.

Figured that was punishment enough.

Now, don't let it happen no more, you understand me?

Yes, ma'am. 'Cause the only place that's open after midnight...

A man wants to go is between a woman's legs.

Don't y'all ever forget it.

Well, Hello.

Oh, child what is that smell?

Hey, y'all!

Hey, Sahirah. Hey, baby.

Girl.

Mm-hm.

So, how'd it go with Quadir?

It was cool. He dropped me off.

That's it? Girl, Gah-Git know I was out last night.

Oh, shit, my bad.

It was worth it, though, G. Quadir is paid.

Not only is he makin' money in the streets, but he's got a bunch of businesses.

He's a millionaire. Girl, I had my share of drug deal millionaires.

Please! Jamal wasn't nobody's millionaire.

Anyway.

So, Quadir is supposed to be seeing some girl named Cherelle who lives up in Germantown.

Well, Good for her. She can have him.

I feel you.

Besides, you gon' be a boss ass bitch with your writin' and shit.

That's why I got you this.

Aww, really? Yeah.

Let me see what this is.

I love you.

Look, G, on the real, none of us had it easy comin' up.

I mean, between your momma and my daddy, you still got your dreams, G, and that's more than most of us got.

But, trust and believe you always got me.

And don't be spending your money on me either.

I got a couple coin from Rasun and I couldn't help but buy it for you.

Rasun know he contributed to this?

Not unless he saw me go through his wallet while he was sleep. Girl, you are a mess.

Gena.

Baby, it's dinner time.

Why don't you set a place for Sahirah.

Thank you, Gah-Git. I appreciate you.

Sugar, you show up every Sunday for dinner.

Why would this Sunday be any different?

I just wish you would show up early so you can go to the services with us.

You know, I'm workin' on that?

Hmm, yeah. I promise, I am.

See right there? I don't like that.


Excuse me, miss. Are you Gena Rollins?

Yes, but I'm kind of runnin' late for class.

Is there somethin' I can help you with?

Tell Quadir I said thank you, but I'm okay.


Yeah.

What the fuck you mean she didn't get in the car?

All right, all right.

Listen... text me as soon as she leaves class, all right?

As soon as.

All right.

As-Salaam-Alaikum.

Wa-Alaikum-Salaam.

We good down in Chestnut Hill?

Washington Crossing, Villanova, Moorestown, and Penn Valley are all good. Good, good, good.

Ra, what we got?

Yo, man, I got some chicks up in Easttown that's ready to get down and ready for that candy.

All right, that sounds good. Let Rasun handle that.

Take this to my mother's. She gon' ask me how come you ain't bring it, man.

She knows the answer, that's why she won't ask no questions.

Why the fuck you asking questions?

Man, I know y'all niggas think I'm young and only do... runnin' errands, but let me run. I'm ready!

Yo, what's up, Mr. Richards?

We're closed, gentlemen.

Don't look that way to me.

Y'all need some more security up in this thang, man.

Anybody can get up in this jawn.

Trust and believe, we're secure my nigga.

Somethin' funny?

Nah, I mean that's cute.

My little niece got the same one.

Hilarious. What's your name? Is it Gerald?

Gerald, right? Let me holla at ya, man.

Come have a seat.

You... and I have yet to be... properly introduced.

You thirsty? Nah, I'm good.

But you sure are actin' thirsty.

I'm not trying to act all joe and shit, but everybody knows that you're big time and I wanna work with big time.

You've got the connects to quality, so that makes you big time.

I'ma keep it 1,000 with you, James.

I do not like when people try to impress me.

A lot of people talk that talk, but me and my crew, we're showin' you that we're the hottest thing in these streets.

I don't work in the streets. Does this look like the streets?

You think we can't move how you move?

I don't know, you famous. Like your man said, you famous.

You wanna be a star? I don't wanna be a star.

Huh?

That move your man Rich pulled at the club the other night?

Noisy.

I don't do noisy.

Nah, man, Rich is young.

We respect you. It's not a no... but it's not a yes.

Let's give it a couple months, let things smooth out.

I see you, Jerrell.

We'll work somethin' out.

That's fair. Fair is fair.

And you're the boss, I get it. You're tryin' to be a boss.

I get it.

And we have been introduced before.

I stare in your eyes and the world disappears.

Leaving us together, so no one can see.

Your body moves closer so you're next to me.

Your fingers unbutton and take off my clothes.

Your hands moving all over from my head to my toes.

Without delay, you start to play.

As-Salaam-Alaikum.

You just don't quit do you? Man, what would the fun be in that? Oh. So, what? You just thought you would send a car, I'd skip class get in, and, what, we'd go... to Atlantic City? I did.

Spend some money, have some fun, and I'd throw my panties in the air in gratitude? I actually like the panties in the air part. I bet you do.

I bet you could write a book on it.

I've had my experiences. I'm sorry to disappoint, but I'm not interested in being your experiment.

I don't know, I know it's loud in here, but I said, experiences. I know what you said.

You don't have to talk to me like I'm a child.

Take it easy.

Relax, I'm not talking to you like you're a child.

I just like you and I think you like me, too.

How you know I like you?

Well, you haven't slapped me in the face, got up and left, or asked me to leave.

I like you. Okay.

But this isn't gonna happen. Why?

I have been with guys like you. You have been with boys.

You have never been with a man.

I would never put my hands on you.

Oh, you did a credit check on me?

Of course I did. I'm doing everything in my power to get out of this life.

I don't trust myself with you. I don't trust myself with me.

Welcome to the club.

You gotta meet my family. Of course.

They're everything to me. Family is everything.

Okay, so dinner.

Dinner, at my restaurant. No, no, no.

Lobster. You gotta have dinner at my Gah-Git's house, at her table, and you can bring some of your friends if you like. All right.

Now get off my bus.


I'll see you in a little bit.

Who that? Aubrey.

Yeah, I fucks with Aubrey.

She always down for whatever, but she always gettin' into it with somebody.

She's gettin' us that money, though.

True.

She remind me of a white boy rapper, then when he get to the nigga part, he always throw a little extra on it.

She cool, I got her.

But niggas be getting mad, though.

And then she get mad and wanna pop a motherfucker.

How this money lookin'?

We lookin' real good, Rich.

We'd be lookin' better if we had Winston's territory.

Woo!

Man, Jerrell, don't nobody do it like you, bruh.

Just make sure you keep them bottles poppin' when we get to the club. I got you.

You gon' be up there with Quadir, Rich.

Watch.

You know my manager, he move Heaven and Earth every time Qua call and make a reservation.

It's like he the black Bill Gates or some shit. That nigga famous.

And what about me?

You? What you mean?

The fuck your manager say about me?

Hey, look, man, you know Qua on some next level shit, bruh.

The boy come in, buy the joint out, every time.

Rich nigga problems.

Come here, baby. Come here.

Go hook the boy up with a nice cut.

Over here.

The real power is knowin' when to leave a little somethin' on the table.

I thought the real power ran the table.

Quadir is strong, but we're stronger.

There's nothin' that he has that we can't take.

Man, clean this shit up and get these corny motherfuckers up outta here.

Y'all heard my man, get the fuck out.

I went to three different outlets to find the chairs that I wanted.

All of them had pictures on their websites, but none of them had them in their warehouses.

Then, when you get there, they try to pawn something else off on you.

I hate when people play with my time like that.

I wanted to beat the shit out of them with a hammer.

No, I feel you though, because the right chairs are important if you openin' up a hair salon.

Out of all the... I wouldn't think chairs.

Why are chairs important?

Have you ever sat in the same spot for six hours while someone puts a weave in your scalp?

No, I haven't. Trust me, chairs are important.

Yeah, because of my charm, she got the chairs she wanted and she didn't have to kneecap a motherfucker.

That's because the clerk was a woman.

Aww, how long y'all been together?

Six years.

Yeah.

All the girls were chasin' after Tyrik, including this one singer.

She even had a recording contract.

Really? Yeah.

Who is she?

Doesn't matter, 'cause I'm the one who got him.

Yes, you did, baby. Sweet Lord, Jesus.

I'm so happy everybody is enjoyin' themselves.

Oh, and Gah-Git, this wine is so good.

I can see that, baby. You need to slow your roll.

I appreciate you, uh, allowing me and my brother into your home.

It means a lot. It's my pleasure.

Gena spoke so highly of you, I couldn't resist meeting you.

Yeah, me... same here.

Being our guest, would you bless the food?

Uh, with all due respect, uh, in my religion, we don't... we just stay silent before we eat.

What kind of religion is that? Muslim.

Don't y'all pray, like, five times a day?

Yeah. Well, that's nice, but in this house we say our blessings out loud before we eat. I am a guest in your home.

Thank you. Bria?

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gifts of your bounty which we enjoy at this table.

As you have provided for us in the past, may you sustain us throughout our lives.

We also thank you for blessing us with the friends and family that have gathered to take part in your gifts.

May we never forget the needy and those in want.

Jesus's name we pray, amen.

Amen.

Let's eat. Ready.

Strange.

I know you've never been with a big man like me. Tell you the truth, you want lies, I'm not here for your lies.

All night, all night long.

I promise you. Come right now and I'll show you. Dick stay hard like Rottweiler, Yes, I'm foreign, I'm blunt.

I's a grown man and I will tell you everything right now.

Come on, spontaneous, that's me.

Hey, yo!

Who the fuck pushin' this fly ass Benz up front?

Oh, that's mine, man.

You like that? We call her midnight pussy.

The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice, huh?

Nigga, do you know I push the same bitch?

Same color and everything.

Oh yeah, who are you?

You somethin' special, my nigga?

Hey yo, brother, you mind if I holla at my man, Winston, for a second?

Give me a minute. You wanna come, right, yeah? You spend a lot of time on your phone.

This nigga gon' learn today.

Huh? You know him?

Huh? Oh, piss and tell girl.

My nigga, that's who I am.

A'ight, fuck it. I'll get straight to the chase.

See, I'm startin' a little self-help organization of the strongest brothers in Philly.

You know, just tryin' to bring a little wealth and dignity back to our own communities.

You do it for the youth, then?

I want you to get down with us, Winston.

A brother like you on the team, man, I know we can win.

Nah, man, that's not for me, man.

You must find someone else, man, not me.

That wasn't really a request. Got it!

I'll call you when I wanna meet with you.

Just make yourself available, man.

Oh, get yourself a new piece of pussy.

We don't want niggas confusin' us in these streets out here.

Let's head up north real quick.

Baby, I put my foot in it, didn't I?

Mm-hm. I like Quadir.

He don't say much, but I like him.

I think he says a lot.

You like him, Gena, don't you?

I do. Why, because he has money?

Honestly?

Because he got on my bus.

Guys will give you money, but they won't give you their time.

That's true. He gave me his time.

Man that gives you his time, that's somethin'.

And he asked me... he asked me to go with him to L.A.

L.A.! Girl you goin', right?

Now, he got on a bus, and now he wants to put you on a plane?

I mean, if it's okay with you.

Spring break, you're a grown woman.

You have to decide what you wanna do.

Plus, if you don't go, I'm goin'.

And he does seem like a nice guy, too.

Yes.

He does seem like a very nice young man.

You'd never know he was a drug dealer.


As you can see, our suites feature vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling window walls walls on three sides, a wraparound city view.

Not to mention...

Thank you, sir.

You like it?

I mean, how can I not?

It's like real Stanley Kubrick, right?

What you know about that Clockwork?

I know it's orange.

That's what I do know.

You got two bedrooms. Mm, yeah.

You know what I'm sayin'? I didn't want to be out here jumping to conclusions, looking like a clown, so, yeah, I got two rooms.

I appreciate that.

I appreciate you appreciating that.

Listen to some music in here, man.

Keep your hands off the goddamn radio, man.

Stay focused.

How many more pick-ups we got?

Um, just two.

We got one downtown, one on the west side.

You tryin' to go to that titty bar after this?

Titty bar? Yeah.

Man, I don't be fuckin' with no titty bar.

That's for little young boys like yourself, man.

A'ight, more titties for me then.

'Bout to make it rain in that bitch.

Yeah, you make it rain, all right.

Your pockets gon' be dryer than a motherfucker.

Negative.

Winston?

Damn.

Man, fuck that trick, man.

Every nigga go to his grave, hatin' on some bitch.

But why that nigga, though?

She don't even know, I'm the reason that that nigga is on right now.

Man, don't let that get in the way of this business.

Man, Winston's just a flashy nigga.

You know, dumb hoes, they love shiny shit even when it's fake gold.


You know I've never been horseback riding before.

I wouldn't be able to tell that. You're a natural.

You're a natural.

Man, Sahirah would go crazy out here. Yo.

Sahirah does not need to be here to go crazy. Trust me.

You better stop talkin' about my friend.

I'm just sayin'. You know, if it wasn't for Sahirah we wouldn't have met.

I mean, okay, granted, but I just don't get it, you know, you guys are nothin' alike, nothin' alike.

What do you mean? She's my best friend.

We been best friends since second grade.

All right. Man, it feels good to be outta Philly.

I'm tellin' you, sometimes that place, it just... just sucks the life out of you. You know, what I'm sayin'?

Why don't you live somewhere else?

Seem like you could live anywhere you want.

Because as much as I hate the city, hate it...

I still love it, it's the same. It's crazy.

Yeah. It's crazy.

Hey, what would you do if you weren't doin' what you're doin' now?

All I do know is I'm not gonna be doin' this for the rest of my life.

You hear me? You can't be a father, a husband with a life like this.

You just can't, you can't.

You wanna be a father and a husband?

Yes, of course I do. I want it all.

I want barbecue, baseball games.

I want swim meets, track meets, Christmas, birthdays.

I want that all. I didn't grow up with that.

I didn't have that. Yeah, me neither.

I mean, I dream about it, but...

So, you dreamed about it, so you want it, too.

Yeah, I do.

Well, I'ma have to give you that.


Man, I think that fat motherfucker dodgin' our phone calls.

Yo, Aubrey. Hmm?

Call Winston from the burner.

Hello? Winston.

Now, who's this? Jerrell wants to...

Eh, fuck Jerrell.

He hung up.

I see I gotta remind this fat motherfucker who I am.


I got some business to take care of.

I'll be back in a few hours.

Enjoy your breakfast.

Go buy yourself somethin' nice.


Quadir. Carlos.

How you doin', man. It's been too long.

He's back. Been too long.

Javier take good care of you? Yeah, it was a nice ride.

The 405 traffic is nuts.

Ah, but the sunshine makes up for the inconvenience.

Yeah, I gotta get out here more often.

You would benefit from that. I would.

Look, the... the business has changed a lot since my dad put in all the work back in the '90s.

Yeah, it was crazy times.

It was.

Come on. Get inside.

Nowadays, the police see it as just another vice.

Yeah. As long as there's no violence.

Absolutely. Listen, a lot has changed for me, Carlos.

I don't get my hands dirty anymore. I'm a businessman.

Violence is bad for business and I assure you anyone I employ will only resort to violence unless it is absolutely necessary.

If you can guarantee that, we can proceed as planned and immediately a pipeline will be opened up to you.

You have my word. Let's do it.

Let's do it.

So, what is the shipping method?

We're sitting in it.

I love it, I love it.


Is there something I can help you with?

Yes, how much is this?

Eleven.

Seriously? Eleven dollars?

No, 1100.

I'll take it.

You know, I'll take this, too.

Yeah, Sahirah will like that.

Thank you. Mm-hm.

The easiest way to get over one chick is to get another one.

I don't see that happenin' right now.

Why not? Because she right over there.

Oh, there she is. Hey y'all.

What's goin' on?

How's it goin'?

Girl, you shinin'.

What's up, Tyrik? How are you?

What's up?

Eh, eh, eh, man, cut that out, man.

Huggin' on my lady like that.

Look, I had a lot of fun with you, Rasun, but I'm not really the relationship type girl.

Winston playin' you out. Aww, come on, Rasun.

Most of the brothers out here got a woman at home.

I don't care who Winston hooks up with as long as he takin' care of me.

Look, I am not interested in bein' nobody's girlfriend.

I say who, I say when, I control this.

Naw, money control everything around you.

Look, I like you, Rasun. We had fun, but...

I ain't the one for you.

Take care, okay?

Where your shorty goin', my nig?

You lookin' real lonely.


The bags in the car.

You had a good time? Had a great time.

You already in high heels.

Big things poppin' out here.

I'm glad that you had a good time.

I did. You lookin' fly, you feel fly.

Thank you. Huh, you feel fly?

Uh-huh, I do. Okay good.

I'm glad you had a good time. Thank you.

It was the best time I've ever had.

Well, many more to come, I hope.

Maybe. Maybe.

We'll see. We'll see, indeed.

All right, you be good. You, too.

All right.

Hey, y'all!

You miss me?

Bria, what's wrong?

Gah-Git, what's the matter?

Baby, I didn't wanna call or text you this, but Sahirah got caught up in a shootout last night.

Sahirah what?

Is she... is she okay?

I'll just call her.

Gena.

She didn't make it, baby.

Enough. That's not funny, Gah-Git.

I'm sorry, I know how hard this must be for you.

I know it's hard for you, precious.

Come on, come on.

I'm not available to take your call right now.


What happened?

What the fuck happened? They hit Winston first.

Sahirah was there when it happened, so she gone.

That's what happened. Sorry, Ra.

So, we popped their corner boys.

You did what? We did.

What the fuck did you do that for?

Fuck you mean?

You expect us to sit on our hands all day while these niggas just take a shit on us?

I expect you to be a motherfuckin' professional, that's what I expect you to do.

It was professional. That was not professional.

It was emotional and weak. Emotional?

I apologize that that happened to Sahirah, but you know what it is. She was a casualty.

We cannot afford to go to war right now.

Not during this transition.

Man, so what we gon' do? Let Jerrell know that you can't make money tradin' bullets.

Go see the little rich white bitch.

Ashley, Aubrey.

We'll send a message through her.

And if we fall back, they fall back, it's over.

I'll be back.

Drop the prices. Drop 'em?

Drop 'em.

We hit 'em in the pockets, hit 'em where it hurts, make 'em reasonable.

Dropped.

I'm sorry.


Hi, this is Sahirah.

I'm not available to take your call right now, but leave a message at the beep and I'll get back to you.

Holla.

Oh, baby.

Gah-Git, I just wanna be by myself.

Oh, come here.

All right.

Quadir stopped by again.

Did you tell him I wasn't here?

Yeah, but you know he don't believe that.

I don't care what he believes. He never liked Sahirah.

I'm not sayin' what you're doin' isn't right, it is.

And you know I don't want that life for you... but I also think there's a right way to do things.

I don't wanna see him.

I just wanna be left alone.

And you have every right to feel that way, but you need to look that man in his eyes and tell him it's over.

Now, I done said what I have to say... but I'm not gonna be lyin' for you if that boy comes over here again.

Peace be Allah.


Hi, this is Gena. Sorry I'm not available.

Leave a message and have a blessed day.

Thanks.


Gena.

Gena... are you awake?

I know you're not asleep, Gena.

Damn, Bria.

Fuck you do that for?

Quadir stopped by again.

Do I have to listen to this?

He said he's sorry about what happened to Sahirah.

Stop.

He never liked Sahirah.

He ran her down any chance he got.

Look, I'm not the smartest person in the world. Shit, I'm not the smartest person anywhere, but, I do know what happened to her, happened to her.

It don't got nothing' to do with you or Quadir.

You don't have to tell me what he said.

I got all his texts about how much he loves me.

How he wants me to come live with him, yadda yadda, whatever.

Yeah, well, do you love him?

He sure does act like he loves you.

Yes, I love him... but that ain't got nothing to do with it.

I ain't trying to be no save-a-ho type of bitch.

Maybe you're not the one that needs saving, maybe he is.


Pap!

She didn't even know she was president of the ignorant side piece club.

That was awesome.

Thank you. This is the most incredible drink I ever had.

Mm. But you don't drink, Gah-Git.

Oh, she gets tipsy after communion.

Shoog made me this drink.

I couldn't turn her down.

Shoog, what's the name of this drink?

It's called Linwood.

It's got grapefruit juice, vodka, and a splash of Midori Sour. Whoo!

Make me feel like I'm sittin' on the beach.

And she also told me that Quadir... why y'all together. Really?

Shoog, what you tell Gah-Git?

Well, she said that both of y'all raised by your grandmothers... and that he don't even speak to his mom.

She a devil. Preach.

All right, you cut off, Gah-Git.

Bria, you drivin'. I already know.

Ah, well good, then you got a designated driver. Drink up.

Cheers. You grown.

I'm grown, let me play.

I don't even know her. You want one?

But I know if he don't like her.

Thank you. You want one?

Man, that food was good, but this house, though, man.

This is... I need one just like this, man.

This shit is nice, ain't it?

You can get one, you can get one.

Speaking of that, I think it's a good time for some talk about my exit.

Hmm? Exit?

You goin' somewhere, man?

I mean, now that things are goin' well with Carlos... it's a good time to step outta the game.

We getting money in every direction, Qua.

Philly, New York, D.C. Chi Town, ATL.

Man, we getting 40 cent out of every dollar earned to the east...

Black... ...of the Mississippi.

How you gon' give that up? ...Black.

Y'all both was talkin' about, y'all wanting to step up, more responsibility. Well, here we are.

Tyrik's in L.A. dealin' with Carlos.

When he comes back... the game is y'all's. So, are you happy now?

One hundred percent.

All right, then. All right.


What's up with all this clandestine shit?

Jerrell wanted us to holla at you.

I know Winston's your man and all, but he's gone.

You can get in the car and roll with us and be a king, or get ran over by us.

Look, man, I just wanna make my money, smoke my smoke, and fuck bitches.

Everybody wanna be a king.

King's don't live long in Philly.

Text Jerrell and let him know we got Blair on lock.

If not, I'll make him famous.

Yo, I'm like... I'm like, worn out.

Yeah, me, too.

But today was a good day.

Yeah, it was.

It looked like everybody had a good time.

Shoog and Gah-Git was like old drinkin' buddies, literally.

You know like regular people.

What does that... What does that mean, regular people?

We're regular people, baby.

We are regular, look at this.

This is... Those apples, those are just regular apples.

Yeah. You know what I mean? Huh?

Wait! Wait, wait, wait, before I forget.

Uh, here we go.

Gena, you know I don't like surprises...

Okay, close your eyes. ...like that.

Nope, ab... absolutely not.

Okay, don't close your eyes. Okay.

What's this?

You always askin' to read my work.

Oh, I made it to the, "I can read your work phase."

Look at me breakin' you on down.

Check it out. Yeah, just read it.

I'm lying still and I sense you there, in fingers all over, touching me everywhere.

I feel your strength, I feel you inside.

You're taking me someplace, insanities hide.

And now you're on top, you're big and strong.

You're makin' me open and you're taking control.

The deeper you're able, the deeper you'll go because you have the power and I can't say no.

Okay, okay, wait. This...

This is about us, huh? Yeah.

I wrote it when we were in L.A.

Well, nobody's ever, like, this is a first.

Some of my best work is about you.

I'm like, I'm your muse.

That's what they call it, right?

I'm gonna submit it for my writing competition.

I think... I think, uh, this is good material, but I think you maybe need a little bit more.

Oh, do we? Yeah. Just a little...

Oh, yeah, just a little bit? Just a little bit.

You feel me? Yeah.

You're great. Hmm.

Yo, Qua, man, I wanna say I appreciate you givin' me a shot to step up and do some things, all right.

That's enough of that. For real.

I have faith in you.

You remind me of myself out here when I was a young boy.

Listen, you slow down and watch the road.

I'm goin' the speed limit. Not that road.

The game, Black.

Be anxious for nothin' out here.

Know the players, let the game come to you, hmm?

Yeah.

Yeah? What you doin'?

I'm busy, Cherelle.

You tryin' to come over?

I'm not being mean. I told you, we're done.

What type of fake ass Muslim are you?

Ain't you allowed to have multiple wives?

Besides, I know how to play my role and I just want some dick anyway.

The problem is I care.

Well, fuck you.

You know what, I always thought of Cleopatra and Mark Antony as such a forbidden love.

All the crazy paparazzi, everybody goin' crazy about them hookin' up, but you know, it worked.

That's an interesting point.

Now, people, we have to remember that Cleopatra was the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt and her and Mark Antony's relationship was considered to be one of the greatest love affairs of history.

Okay, people, chapters nine and ten next time.

And for those of you submitting for the writer's internship, please make sure all your contact information is on your submission.

Thanks so much.

Thank you.

As-Salaam-Alaikum.

Whoa, snowflake, I didn't see you back there.

Your mother and father know where you at?

I guess you saw us following you, huh?

I heard you like to meet in empty barber shops.

You still gettin' the wrong idea about...

No, I think I pretty much got the exact right idea about you.

You do know I'm just trying to help you out, right?

Ah, that's what the Nazis told the Jews, right?

Yeah, I mean, you wanna know how a motherfucker do what he does, you study how he does it.

Mm.

It's no secret you loading the city up.

Now, I ain't even mad at you.

I mean, get that paper.

But to stay strong you need a strong army or you get overthrown.

That's what you did to Winston and Sahirah, you overthrew them?

Nah.

I mean, your man disrespected and underestimated my ability.

And Sariah or whatever the fuck her name is, I mean, she was cool, I ain't want that, but you needed to see my strength.

I seen it. Look, man, I'm not here for a pissin' match.

Your squad with my soldiers together?

We could run this city like a Fortune 500 company.

Fortune 500, huh?

With y'all three. Wall Street, my nigga.

Wall Street.

Hmm.

You up for that task? My hand to God I am, or whoever you pray to. No disrespect.

You're in.

What about your man, Rasun and Tyrik?

Oh, oh, oh, Rasun and Tyrik, let's see.

No need for us to be crabs in a barrel.

See, that's the problem with black people.

No, no, that's the problem with niggas.

This what we gon' do.

Meet me at, uh, Cafe Breezers on the parkway Friday night.

I'm gonna talk to the guys and smooth it out.

But this little dance gonna cost you, brother.

How much we talkin'? A meal ticket.

We'll be there. My dude.

Read page 69, wonderful write up.

Bitch ass nigga.

Told y'all he was soft.

Just like that.

If you wanna be king, you gotta be willing to step to the throne and take that jawn.

So... what'd ya think?

I think that you should, um... kill that intern competition and just publish.

What do you mean? I already submitted for the writing internship.

You know how expensive it is to publish a novel?

Gena, I don't see anybody turning you down.

If they don't see that, fuck 'em.

We'll self-publish.

Hmm. You'd do that?

Of course I would. It's 'cause you're cute... and kind of a good writer.

I ain't playin', you're a wonderful writer.

Jerrell and Aubrey on the way.

What's up, mama?

Yo, we lookin' for the lounge.

Uh, yeah, man, it's right through there, but it's closed right now. We good.

Let's make sure these pussy ass niggas is here, man.


Surprise!

Happy birthday! Happy birthday!

We got 'em.

Jerrell ain't here.

Bria, excuse me for a moment.

Uh.

I think it's time that we do a real toast.

On your special day we all know how special this queen is.

I'm just gonna say I love you.

I love you, too.

So, let's raise our glass.

Cheers. Thank you.

Everybody is real serious right now.

Hey yo, it was a serious toast.

It's incredible.

Most incredible day of my life.

Thank you.

This incredible day is just getting started.

Oh my God.

Oh my God.

Oh my God. Really?

Really? Are you serious?

Look at you.

Oh my gosh.

GENA Thank you, baby! You're welcome, baby.

You in love.

Shit. What?

Cherelle's here. Where she at?

She's in another parking lot but she walkin' over here.

I'll take care of it. All right.

Whoa. Get...

Get off of me! Calm down.

This ain't right, Tyrik. You know what... it was real good while it lasted, but he has moved on and I suggest you do the same thing.

Nigga, get your hands off of me. If Quadir thinks he's about to pass me down to you like some hand me down clothes, I don't date down.

Down, bitch?

You ain't nothin' but a side fuckin' piece.

Now, be a lady and walk your ass away before I gut you and throw you in the fucking garbage.

Fuck you and that nigger Quadir.

Oh, yeah, you know how to do that well.

Bitch.

Excuse me.

That new leather. What are these numbers for?

Seven, twenty-eight, eighty-six, those are security codes in case you ever have a problem you won't forget 'em.

Okay. Okay.

Thank you. You're welcome.

Hold up.

They shot Black.

Just now.

Thank you, thank you.

What's... what's wrong? Oh, nothin', baby.

There's a... there's a fire at the restaurant, so...

Fire? Yeah.

Is everybody okay? Everybody's fine.

Everybody's a'ight.

I'ma take Tyrik and we gon' check it out, all right?

Enjoy your friends. You go with Gena.

Make sure she's good.

All right? Love you.

Love you, too. All right, you ready?

Come on, let's go!

It was exactly how you said it would be.

We did our thing, he was grabbin' the money... and that's when I saw Jerrell wasn't there.

How'd they get Black?

Put a shitload of bullets into him, Qua.

I didn't know Rich was still alive.

They shot Black, so I popped his motherfuckin' ass.

I tried to get Black to the hospital...

died in the car. Where'd you leave him at?

Bus stop on the parkway?

Well, that's a hell of a funeral.

Make sure his mother gets whatever she needs.

Qua, I think we should put everything on pause just for a minute. No... if we freeze now we risk losin' our connect, Carlos.

So, no fuckin' way.

Tyrik's right.

We gotta end Jerrell.

Get everybody on it.

This car is so nice.

It drives so smooth.

Now I have to get Tyrik to buy me one.

Yeah, it's too bad Tyrik and Quadir had to handle that fire situation.

Mm-hm.

You don't think there was a fire?

I'm married to a gangster and you're dating one.

You tell me.

What the fuck? Oh my God!

Get outta the fuckin' car. Gena!

Gena!

Don't you fucking move, bitch.

Tell Quadir to put together two million dollars and wait for my call.

What you're gonna do is you're gon' let Ray drive you to your mama house, stay there with the boys until you hear from me.

All right? Okay.

Be careful.


All right, I got some people findin' out where that bitch Aubrey's parents live.

Fuck her.

What about Jerrell?

She been bankrollin' Jerrell. We find her, we find him.

Yeah. Huntington Park, one hour. One hour, Huntington Park.

Can I just say what we all thinkin'?

She's not dead.

Well, then, it's a setup to get at you, Qua.

What would you do if it was Lita?

I don't give a fuck if it was the pope.

Lita know the game. I told her when we first hooked up if she go high signin' that motherfucker snatch her ass up, she on her own.

You know, Tyrik, you right.

Everybody wanna preach about how they true to the game... until the game go against them.

Listen, if this was about business, I'll roll with you. But this?

I cannot do it.


Hello? I bet you know who the fuck Jerrell Jackson is now, don't you?

Jerrell? Keep your mouth shut and listen and pull in this lot.

Now stop the car, Quinton.

Get out slow.

Have fat boy walk the money over.

Yeah, that's far enough.

Now walk back slowly.

Aww, what's wrong, Quincy?

Why you lookin' so sad, bruh?

Old washed up ass nigga.

The fuck you try to play me and I stay two steps ahead of you.

Yeah, you lookin' a little nervous now, son.

Yeah, nigga.

Bad ass Quadir Richards.

The nigga they say invented the game...

but look who's gettin' played now.

Yeah...

I think you need to retire, nigga.

You gettin' old in these streets.

Now go get your bitch, nigga.

You okay?

Okay.

You okay?

Oh my God.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Hey, it's over, it's over.

It's over, it's over.


I must say that this is truly first class.

It's really nice, it's beautiful.

The suede, the stitching.

You got good taste, Aubrey.

I'm impressed.

What is your fascination with niggas?

See, it blows my mind.

Here I am doin' everything I can do to get out of this life and this privileged white girl, all you wanna do is get in.

If you're gonna kill me, just...

Nobody's gonna kill you, Aubrey.

Where's Jerrell?

I don't know. Don't.

Don't do that.

Thought we were building a rapport, thought we were... we were gettin' somewhere.

This is a beautiful property, beautiful.

This your parents' place?

Don't bring my parents into this.

You brought your parents into this, huh?

Where's Jerrell? He's in L.A.

I'm supposed to meet him at the Standard Hotel on Sunset in three days.

Good thing you stopped by to say goodbye to your parents.

Buenos dias.

Carlos.

I know it's early in L.A. I apologize, but it's importan.

It's not a problem, just getting in.

How can I help you?

You remember that friend of mine I was telling you about?

He's gonna be in L.A. the Sunset Standard Hotel in three days. You just make sure he's good.

Si. We'll make sure he sleeps well, my friend.

My man.

Always a pleasure.


I woke up... and you were gone.

I had to go handle business. Where'd you go?

I had to handle my business.

What did you do?

I had to handle my business.

You killed him.

I'm out.

It's over.

I'm tryin' to get us the fuck outta here.

Okay, all right.

What do you mean "All right"?

What do you... I don't understand what your problem is?

What are you doin'? Nothin'.

What are you doin'? Don't walk away from me...

Listen, if we gon' be in the hood we might as well live in the hood, not some fake fantasy land. I'm goin' home.

You sound ridiculous, you are home.

I can't believe I actually convinced myself that you would get out of this game.

I'm out of the game, Gena.

If you outta the game, then tell me where you were this morning.

Where were you? I was busy makin' plans.

What plans? Marry me.

Don't fuck with me, Quadir. I'm not fuckin' with you.

I'm not about this life anymore.

So, when I say it's over... it's over.

For real?

I swear to you on my grandmother's grave...

I'm out.

But I'm not goin' by myself.

Marry me.

All you gotta do is say yes.

Yes. All right?

Yes. That's it.

Yes.


Yo!

You wanna be famous, bitch?

Get down, get down!

No! Please!

Please help!

Talk to me, come on, talk to me.

Help, please!

Help!

Help!

Hold on, baby, hold on.

I love you.

No, no!


Viola?

Hope you don't mind if I come in.

Of course not, come in, come in.

How are you?

I'm doin' well.

Movin' forward. Yeah?

And you?

You know.

You look good. Thank you, so do you. It's good to see you.

Thanks for havin' me.

You know, my attorney sent you several notices in the mail.

You didn't get them?

I haven't checked the mail lately, sorry.

Oh, no worries.

But nonetheless, I have power of attorney over Quadir's estate.

What does that mean? That means that this house is goin' up for sale.

Now, I can give you a week to move, but that's all I can do for you.

Your son hasn't even been dead two weeks and you're already selling his belongings?

Quadir's at peace now, Gena.

The rest of us must move on.

Quadir bought this place for me and him, so we share it. It's mine. If you look at the deed, you'll see my name is on it.

The same for his cars, his businesses.

Just because you slept here doesn't make it your house, honey.

You haven't stepped foot in this house before 30 seconds ago.

Not even one visit to see how me and Quadir were.

Now you wanna come in here and try and take it away from me?

That's not gonna happen.

We'll see about that.

You know what, you can have all this shit.

I'll be out in a week, 'cause I got something you'll never have, Quadir's love.

Bitch.


Oh, you going to bed without eating again?

I'm not hungry.

I just wanna go to sleep.

Well, what ya need to do is go to church with me and Bria tomorrow.

I'm good. Tell God I said what's up.


Rasun? Gena, you okay?

I've been callin' you.

I'm sorry, Rasun.

You know, it's just... you know, with Qua...

I just needed some time to... just deal.

I know. I feel you.

I didn't really say anything when Sahirah got killed but... it made me feel some kinda way.

Me, too.

And now Qua's gone.

I haven't felt like goin' anywhere.

I feel like I'm in a bad dream.

I feel you.

Do you know Quadir's parents didn't even tell me where the funeral was? What?

I didn't even get a chance to say a proper goodbye to him.

Damn.

You talked to Tyrik?

Nah.

Everything's just about business for him.

Lita died and he's still on the streets makin' moves.

Yeah, I'm not like him. I just can't do it anymore.

You goin' back to school? I have enough credits where I don't have to go this semester and I can still graduate. But how you doin' financially?

His mama took everything. We only had a few thousand dollars in our bank account.

But you can't hide that kind of money in the bank.

Well, he never said anything to me about it.

This'll hold you for a little bit.

You don't have to do that.

Look, I'm good.

If you ever need somethin', all you gotta do is holla, a'ight?

Thank you.

So, I gotta go.

Thank you for checkin' on me.

You're welcome, Gena.

You think that maybe you wanna come stay with me?

You should probably go, Rasun.

Okay.


I see you ain't moved since we left here.

How was church?

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

You tell him I said what's up? Yes, and he told me to tell you to get yo' shit together.

Gena, you are trippin'.

What is this? It came from your old house.

When did this come? I don't know, who's it from?

My college professor.

That's it, times up, people. Pens down.

Make sure all your information is on your sheet, and I'll see you tomorrow.

Professor Busby.

Gena, we've been tryin' to reach you.

I know, I'm sorry. I've had family issues, but I just got the letter.

It's not too late is it?

Well, you placed second.

I could probably place a phone call.

Could you, please? I would really appreciate it.

Should I?

Listen, Gena... in light of your recent disappearances, your absences, I wouldn't be comfortable making that call unless I was absolutely sure that you were serious. I am, I'm serious.

You do understand this is an unpaid internship and you'd have to support yourself in New York for a year?

I understand. I can do it.

Okay.


Oh, baby!

Oh, precious.

Mm, mm, mm.

Why don't you come with me? And give up all this?

My heart and soul is in Philly.

But you been takin' care of everybody else your whole life.

Why don't you come let me take care of you for a while.

You worried about bein' on your own?

I don't know, I ain't never done it.

Gena, I raised a... a strong woman.

You gon' be just fine.

You're right.

This is for you, Gah-Git.

Oh, baby.

Oh my... No, baby.

No, Gah-Git you need this. God got me... and God got you.

We gon' be fine... just fine.

Okay? Okay.

Precious.

Okay, go on now.

Philly girls.

The streets can make you and the streets can break you.

To those caught in the trap of temporary pleasures, let me tell you this.

Whatever you do, make it worth something.

All of your consequences in life are dependent upon your behavior, so stay true to the game.