I hear a lot of people like the Rode NTG-2. Its right around your price range. I personally dont have to much experience with mics, but I do love my simple rode video mic with AGC hack. fulfills my needs at the moment.
Also, do you want your sound to to directly into the camera or do you want to sync it with an external recorder such as the Zoom H1 or H4?
Because I'm from the suburbs, not Compton. And you look like an idiot when you are all thugged out in the parking lot waiting for Mom to pick you up in her Lexus crossover.