Wesley Snipes stars in New Jack City, and the movie is now streaming for free on Tubi.
By Douglas Helm | Published
Wesley Snipes has quite a few classics to his name – movies like Blade and Demolition man are undeniable hits in the acting career. But Tubi just added what might be quietly his best film to their platform. New Jack City is currently available to stream for free, so check this one out while you can.
New Jack City Wesley Snipes stars as Nino Brown, a drug lord and leader of the Cash Money Brothers gang during the crack epidemic, while Ice-T stars as a NYC detective who goes undercover to bring him down and avenge his mother’s death. New Jack City is also the directorial debut of Mario Van Peebles with a screenplay by Thomas Lee Wright and Bradley Michael Cooper. Along with Snipes and Ice-T, the film also stars Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, Judd Nelson and Bill Cobbs.
New Jack City did quite well when it was released, bringing in around $47.6 million at the box office against an $8 million budget. This would do New Jack City one of Wesley Snipes’ biggest early hits, when it came out in 1991. This was just a year before White men can’t jump and two years before Demolition man.
New Jack City remains a beloved Wesley Snipes film to this day, with a current Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 77% and audience score of 80%. But perhaps the most interesting impact the film had was on the hip-hop industry. In 1991 – the same year New Jack City was released – Slim Williams and Birdman were to start the rap label Cash Money Records, referencing the Cash Money Brothers gang of the label’s name.
Of course, Cash Money Records would go on to become one of the biggest tiers in hip-hop, signing major artists like Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and many more. Lil Wayne also wanted to mention several albums Tha Carter after the Carter apartment complex that Wesley Snipes’ character converts into a crackhouse in the film. While New Jack City inspired only the name of the label and the name of some of Lil Wayne’s albums, it’s still an interesting tidbit of hip-hop history.
Now would definitely be a good time to watch or rewatch New Jack Cityconsidering that Warner Bros. is working on a sequel to the film with Snowfall actor and filmmaker Malcolm Mays writes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Wesley Snipes will be involved in any capacity. During an interview on his press trip for Dolemite is my namehe mentioned that he is not involved in the project and that he declined the opportunity to be involved.
Fortunately, we still have the original New Jack City and Wesley Snipes’ performance to look back on. Best of all, you can watch it for free. The film is definitely a cult classic and well worth seeing for the story, performances and direction.
Meanwhile, Wesley Snipes is keeping busy with other projects such as his guest role in the upcoming Marvel animated series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Set to air on Disney Channel in February 2023, the series follows a young super-genius girl and her ten-ton T-Rex as they protect the Lower East Side. Wesley Snipes’ guest role on the series has yet to be revealed, but fingers are crossed that he can voice Blade considering this show seems largely separate from the MCU.
Of course, in the MCU itself, Wesley Snipes is passing the torch to Mahershala Ali to play the fan-favorite vampire hunter. We got the briefest hint of his character with a voice cameo at the end of the The eternal ones but it has not appeared from Blade since. Either way, Ali will get his own movie which is currently slated for a 2024 release, so we’ll meet the new Blade at some point.
Many people are hoping that the MCU will take advantage of their multiverse history and bring back Wesley Snipes as Blade in a future project, as they did with Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire for Spider-Man: No Way Home. In fact, we recently got a scoop that fans will get their wish and that Snipes will indeed return in Avengers: Secret Wars. We’ll just have to wait until 2026 to find out, but at least we can enjoy New Jack City Meanwhile.