In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove Records, which include Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Kurtis Blow, while Rick (Rubin) produces the label’s records. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell doesn’t have the money to press records, he borrows money from a street hustler. At the same time, Russell and and his brother Run both compete for the heart of R&B singer Sheila E.
Krush Groove is a 1985 Warner Bros. film that was written by Ralph Farquhar and directed by Michael Schultz (who also produced the movie, along with George Jackson and Doug McHenry). This film is based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings and up-and-coming record producer Russell Simmons (renamed Russell Walker in the film), portrayed by Blair Underwood in his feature film debut. Russell Simmons was the film’s co-producer and story consultant; he also had a cameo in the film as a club owner named Crocket.
Krush Groove (1985)
Directed by: Michael Schultz
Starring: Sheila E., Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell, Mark Morales, Damon Wimbley, Darren Robinson, LisaGay Hamilton
Screenplay by: Ralph Farquhar
Production Design by: Mischa Petrow
Cinematography by: Ernest R. Dickerson
Film Editing by: Jerry Bixman, Conrad M. Gonzalez
Costume Design by: Dianne Finn-Chapman
Set Decoration by: John Lawless, James Sherman
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: October 25, 1985