Looks like hip hop biopics are the wave. We got a dosage of the story behind N.W.A with “Straight Outta Compton,” the Tupac Shakur biopic is (still) in the works and now hip hop heads may be in for a special treat.
An Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic is coming soon and has been confirmed by RZA. He told the Rolling Stone:
“I think it’s a great idea, and there has been talk about it. There are a few wheels in motion with one done by our first cousin Rayshawn; he was the young guy there watching everything that happened. Him and ODB’s wife have been talking and he has a pretty interesting script. I just saw a 12-minute teaser that he shot about a year ago and it felt pretty fucking cool. I watched it and was like, ‘Wow, you may have something here.’ He has the best thing that I’ve seen so far.”
RZA was asked by Rayshawn to direct the project, but will the Wu-Tang producer accept?
“I wouldn’t mind not doing it and I wouldn’t mind doing it. From the age of six, me and [ODB] used to push shopping carts around grocery stores and try to get nickels. There are very few people who know the real him as much as me. So it would be something that I would be honored to do, but there’s a lot of moving parts to it. If those moving parts don’t go in sync with me, I’ll still be on it just to see it happen, talk to whoever’s doing it and give them my interviews or whatever they need to help make this story as great as possible.”
RZA feels that “Straight Outta Compton” paved the way for more hip hop biopics.
“Straight Outta Compton showed that hip-hop is a marketplace in cinema. I always believed that the art we was creating was audio-visual, and it was headed towards visual-audio. And that’s why you see me in this world — my own heart drove me here — and I’m glad that a movie like that breaks out and does such numbers that it’s almost undeniable. It showed that with the proper team and marketing, many of us out here who grew up on this music would love to see the inside makings of those stories.”
Rumor has it that Eddie Griffin and Tracy Morgan are both prospects for the role of ODB, although nothing has been confirmed.
The hip hop culture never truly gets the recognition it deserves. Snubs at mainstream award ceremonies is a prime example.
But, hip hop isn’t only deprived of its recognition when it comes to music and movies. Fashion and beauty trends are repeatedly duplicated in pop culture without an ode to the culture that originated the fad.
Here are three instances in which hip hop trends have influenced pop culture.
The infamous “MC Hammer Pants” were a huge fashion trend in the ‘90s hip hop era. Now it seems as if 2 out of 4 people can be seen wearing the pant fad.
Durags are another hip hop trend that can be seen paving the runways. It derived from the hip hop community and is now rocked by Versace models for the S//S16 collection. Guess there will be less discrimination against people wearing durags this year, what a relief (not really).
Cornrows have always been a hair trend in hip hop, especially since ’99 when female rapper Eve debuted her blonde locks in cornrows in “What Ya’ll Want”. Everyone from JLo to Ludacris started rocking braids. Fast-forward to 2015, we had Kyle Jenner sporting cornrows. She received compliments and her look was deemed chic. It’s no surprise that many in the hip hop community felt uneasy about Jenner rocking a trend that stemmed from hip hop, so now of course cornrows are acceptable.
Prior to Nicki Minaj’s mainstream debut, big butts weren’t desirable in pop culture. Within the last two years everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Iggy Azalea has had lady hump enhancements. In September 2014 Vogue published an article about how we are now in “The Era of the Big Booty.”
When it comes to hip hop trends, big butts have always been “in style,” sorry pop culture, as usual you’re late on this trend.
Do you feel that mainstream pop culture often duplicates hip hop trends without recognition?
Meek Mill just can’t seem to stay out of gossip site headlines. Over the weekend Meek’s IG fingers got the best of him. The “Lord Knows” rapper started beef with hip hop’s king of controversy, 50 Cent.
The 50 Cent vs Meek Mill beef started when sites started speculating Meek’s new song “Gave ‘Em Hope,” took shots at 50 Cent with lines like:
“I got 50 reasons say you’re taking d**k / And it’s 50 reasons I should kill, ni**a.”
“Got the richest chick, she from your hood.”
Needless to say 50 shot back and we all know, once you get the “Power” creator started, there’s no stopping him.
This wound cuts pretty deep; 50 Cent already had beef with Meek’s boss, rapper Rick Ross. Unfortunately 50 Cent crushed Ross in that battle, to the point where Fiddy was taken to court back in July of 2015 by the mother of Ross’ child for leaking a sex tape.
Do you think Meek Mill came at 50 Cent in, “Gave ‘Em Hope?” Meek already faced (and continues to) a lot of ridicule for this battle with Drake… to the point where people are still talking about it. Is his career really over?