10 Life Lessons Drumline Taught Us

With Drumline: A New Beat premiering on VH1, we thought it would be fun it to revisit the original 2002 film. A classic in its own right, Drumline, starring Nick Cannon, was deemed the most sports movie ever made, while others dubbed it the fifth best black college film. Here at VH1, we value it for all its life lessons that helped shape our college youth and taught us what it means to be “one band, one sound.”

1. Never step out of line

2. Keep your composure

Especially when they are just begging you to lose your cool.

3. If you’re going to have swagger make sure you have the talent to back it up

“I’ve had it with your no talent, wannabe gangster ass! You wanna prove once and for all that I’m better than you? Strap up!”

(Check out more awesome quotes from Drumline here.)

4. You have to follow before you can lead

“You have to learn to follow before you can lead Mr. Miles.”

5. She can kick your ass so don’t even try it

6. Without a pulse, you’re dead

“We are the heart and the soul, without the percussion section the band doesn’t move, doesn’t come alive. We are the pulse, and without a pulse you’re dead, and that’s why we’re the most important part of the band.”

7. If you act like a hoodlum, your girl’s parents are going to think you are one

READ: No fighting! Especially on the field or in front of your girlfriend’s parents or at all.

8. Your beef affects everyone else

“I don’t know what beef is between you, but you’d better grill it up and eat it, because it is my ass that is on the line.”


9. Petey Pablo will not help you win (the BET Big Southern Classic)

(The rapper’s last studio album was released in 2004, two years after the film’s debut in theaters. #RIPCRUNK)

10. Marching band is, like, totally badass