February 9, 2015


Harold Stallworth respects his jaw.

Money and Violence,” a provocative new web series set in a tough Haitian enclave of New York City, is as addictive as it is unpolished. Much like amateur pornography, the show’s appeal lies in its abrasion, in its ability to present glaring flaws as charming novelties. It’s raw in the most literal sense of the word—written on the fly, week-to-week, and filmed with one camera, one mic boom, no sponsors, and a ragtag cast of novice actors pulled from the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. While the show is slowly edging toward viral, its theme song has not been as fortunate. In the wake of the show’s relative success, Bam Vito’s ode to the devil’s fancy has still yet to crack more than a few thousand views on Youtube. As is the case with many a show’s tune, from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” to “Living Single” to “The Boondocks,” it’s at once a middling rap song and a remarkably fun and effective signifier.

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