Phat Beach

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Phat Beach
Phat Beach DVD.jpg
Directed by Doug Ellin
Produced by Cleveland O'Neal III
Eric Manes
Michael Schultz
Written by Ben Morris
Brian E. O'Neal
Cleveland O'Neal III
Doug Ellin
Music by Joseph Williams
Cinematography Dave Perkal
James A. Lebovitz
Jürgen Baum
Edited by Tucker Stilley
Jeremy Kasten
Richard Nord
Distributed by Live Entertainment
Orion Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • August 2, 1996 (1996-08-02)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,383,553[1]

Phat Beach is a 1996 American comedy film, written and directed by Doug Ellin, which stars Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Coolio , Brian Hooks and Gregg Vance.[2] Made by a group of young independent film lovers, the movie turned out to be considered by many as one of the most successful hip-hop beach movies.[3]


During a glorious Southern California summer, high school student Benny King (Hopkins) is doing time flipping burgers. Benny's father wants him to learn the work ethic, rather than have him sit around the house all summer, dreaming and writing. It's not surprising, then, that when his old friend Durrell (Brian Hooks) comes by with a more attractive alternative, Benny jumps at it. When his family goes on vacation, Benny borrows his father's Mercedes and heads on down to the beach with Durrell.At the beach, they meet the "Beastie Boy reject" Mikey Z, a homeboy wannabe, played by actor Gregg Vance (the only white caucasian character in the movie). They have told themselves that they are there to sell beach-goers cheap sunglasses, but they are really there to show off their 'phat' box and attract the finest girls with portable beats on the beach.Comic encounters with the beach girls and a continuous playful banter between Mickey Z and the Durrel-Benny duo form the mainstay of the movie .


  • Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins as Benny King
  • Brian Hooks as Durrel Jackson
  • Gregg Vance as Mikey Z
  • Claudia Kaleem as Candace Williams
  • Coolio as Himself
  • Eric Fleeks as Carl N. King
  • Alma Collins as Janet King
  • Candice Merideth as Tasha King
  • Jennifer Lucienne as Denise Marie
  • Sabrina De Pina as Tanya Watkins
  • Tommy "Tiny" Lister as Tiny


Phat Beach
Phat Beach OST.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released August 7, 1996
Recorded 1996
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Label TVT
Producer E-40, Biz Markie, Def Jef, Chubb Rock, Danny D, Larry Campbell, Smoke One Productions, Vic C., Tigidy Tone
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link

The soundtrack album for the film was released on August 7, 1996, through TVT Records and consisted primarily of hip hop and R&B music, with several other genres as well (polka, dubstep). The album reached number 40 on the Top R&B Albums chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fatal" – 4:03 (E-40)
  2. "U Gotta Go" – 3:25 (The Buckwee Boiz and Kinsui) samples "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" by Herman Kelly & Life
  3. "Up to No Good" – 4:18 (Eightball & MJG)
  4. "She's Hollywood" – 4:06 (Solo-Loc and Rod King)
  5. "Gotta Have Game" – 3:41 (The Click)
  6. "I'm Hungry" – 3:35 (Biz Markie)
  7. "Like Playas" – 5:17 (Spice 1 and Young Kyoz)
  8. "80 Ways" – 5:05 (Def Jef)
  9. "You Are My Kind of Guy" – 3:03 (Delasaneice)
  10. "Get Tis Money Honey" – 3:43 Wildlife Society 3:43
  11. "I Want the Bomb" – 4:04 (LaTanya)
  12. "I Just Wanna (Be With You)" – 3:58 (L.A. Ganz)
  13. "I Dream of You" – 4:25 (Chubb Rock)
  14. "Jock'n Me" – 4:20 (MoKenStef)


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