Brooklyn, the summer of '89: city heat, race riots, trigger-happy cops, crack, poverty, pizza and a boombox on every corner blasting hip-hop. Spike Lee sets the scene right in the streets of the hood, kicking off the action with Rosie Perez dancing through the credits to Public Enemy: "1989! A number! Another summer! Sound of the funky drummer!" Chuck D, Flavor Flav and the Bomb Squad bum-rush the show and go for what they know. Rosie does her best to fight the power her own way, by shaking ass in a sports bra and boxing gloves.