The intro to Skyzoo’s new album A Dream Deferred features a dialogue from Boaz Yakin’s 1994 directorial debut Fresh. The compelling coming of age story is set against a drug-ridden New York housing project during the crack era and Sean Nelson’s character Michael, aka Fresh, is a young drug runner desperate to escape.
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In the dialogue leading into “Dreams In A Basement” Fresh is talking to his friend Chuckie, who is confessing to how lonely it is at home, despite how many people are there making noise. Fresh counters by talking about this dream he has, but is reluctant to share exactly what it is.
In the film Fresh’s sister Nichole (played by N’Bushe Wright) is a junkie who is involved with Fresh’s boss, a drug dealer named Esteban (Giancarlo Esposito) and Fresh hatches a plot (inspired by Chess games with his absentee father Sam (played by Samuel L. Jackson) that is as intricate and risky as a Queen’s Gambit.
The heart and intelligence that Fresh displays has made the film a hip-hop favorite (also cribbed by Big Pun for the intro to Capital Punishment) and evidently has stood the test of time.
But where are they now?
Sean Nelson, “Fresh”
Barely a teen when he starred in Fresh, Nelson has gone on to star in several film and TV projects, including Law & Order, The Wood, Stake Land and The Freebie.
Giancarlo Esposito, “Esteban”