The film stars a young busboy named Cyrus who dreams of being a hip-hop rapper, but the words of his peers and his pastor father make it seem as though he would never succeed. Under the name "Truth", he enters a contest sponsored by the same music label that once hired a childhood friend of his (named "Roxy" Andrews). However, due to a mistake when looking at the photograph Cyrus sent in, it is his best friend Kris that ends up with the glory. At first, Cyrus accepts staying in the background and helping Kris try to win Roxy's heart, but he eventually gains some self-respect, learns to stand up for himself, convinces his father that hip-hop can be a positive thing, and succeeds at his dream.
This film features the following Tropes:
- Dueling Movies: With Rags. Beat Rags by a decent margin actually.
- Exiled to the Couch: Cyrus's father's punishment for what he did to Roxy at the church.
- Extreme Doormat: Cyrus is too much of a Nice Guy for his own good. He actually lets Kris claim his contest entry as his own just so that Kris can have a chance with Roxy, even though he has a crush on her himself.
- Mistaken Identity: Roxy comes to believe that Kris is Truth, when it's actually Cyrus.
- Mythology Gag: A deleted scene from the extended edition (advertised in trailers on Disney Channel) shows Cyrus facing off against Bling in a rap battle and utterly schooling him, which is capped off by Cyrus saying "That's ten better disses than you, I beat myself, something you couldn't do." This is no doubt a modern take on the famous scene in Cyrano de Bergerac where Cyrano berates a passer-by for failing to insult him in a creative enough fashion.
- Preacher's Kid: Cyrus, which is part of the reason why his dream seems almost unreachable.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Inverted with Roxy's manager, who truly believes that the fashions she wants Roxy to wear are trendy.
- Shrinking Violet: Cyrus at the beginning of the movie. He's even in the background compared to Kris in the picture of the two of them that he mails to Roxy. No wonder she thought Kris was the contestant.
- Token White: Lyla is the only white major character.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Cyrus.