Hustle & Flow is the redemptive story of a streetwise Memphis hustler trying to find his voice and realize his long-buried dreams. DJay (Terrence Howard) has always had a way with words, yet his gift has long been misused; this philosopher-hustler lives a dead-end life at the fringes of society. A chance encounter with an old friend, Key (Anthony Anderson), spurs Djay into action. The two team up with Shelby (DJ Qualls), a church musician with a beat machine, to lay down bass-thumping crunk tracks. DJay’s metamorphosis affects his entire house, as the women in his life – Shug (Taraji P. Henson) and Nola (Taryn Manning) – find ways to contribute to the creative process. With the impending visit to Memphis, the of hometown platinum-selling rapper Skinny Black (Ludacris), DJay has to make one last hustle if he’s ever going to flow.
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Hustle & Flow is produced by John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers ) and Stephanie Allain (Biker Boyz, Something New).
CONTENT ADVISORY: Hustle & Flow is rated R for sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence.