Category Archives: Hip Hop Business

Ol’ Dirty Bastard Biopic Coming Soon, Confirmed by RZA

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.

 

 

A$AP Rocky on the Cover of Forbes, Talks Harlem Fashion and Being a Businessman

A$AP Rocky might just be following the footsteps of hip hop mogul, Jay Z. Really he is, it’s not far-fetched. Although he is still a relatively new artist, he is making noise as a rapper, fashion lover and businessman.

In Sept. 2015 news broke about his collaboration with Guess for a new collection, which launches this Thurs., Jan. 14. Now you can see A$AP Rocky on the cover of Forbes.

In an interview with Zack O’Malley Greenburg A$AP Rocky talked about Harlem’s fashion influence, expanding into artist management and his evolution from ghetto hipster to businessman.

ZOG: There’s something to Harlem that style is a really important thing in a way that it isn’t in other parts. People who aren’t from New York don’t get it. They don’t understand why Harlem is different from Brooklyn. Harlem and Brooklyn couldn’t be more different.

Rocky: When it comes to fashion and stuff, we’re just nostalgic. Harlem, from the Renaissance, from music, everything cultural, I think it’s impactful to an urban community on another level. … We had our own fashion sense. You’ve got music, you’ve got culture, you’ve got food. What I think is incredible about Harlem is that no matter who you are coming out of Harlem you just feel like somebody.

ZOG: Tell me too about your expanding into artist management.

A$AP Rocky: The first artist that I signed was, the first personality that I signed was Ian Connor … I noticed that his influence on Tumblr and on the internet doing streetwear fashion. Being the face for it, he was the king of the youth. … I’m working with artists and businessmen and it’s kind of cool, and this business brings me money. I kind of like this world of signing thing.

ZOG: My colleague Natalie Robehmed interviewed you a couple years ago for Forbes, and you told her that you felt you were a ghetto hipster. Does that still hold true?

Rocky: I would have to say I’m an artist and businessman. I think that’s where I stand. I’m happy to be here, that’s what I would say. … I did it from my own bedroom, Zack. I tell these kids, you can definitely do it just as good. If you’ve got some good shit, whatever you do, pursue that shit. … The only advice we had was, “Want to run around, make a quick 20, a quick hundred?” You want to pull big money and get that shot, man. That’s what we see: football, basketball, baseball, or f**king rapping. That’s why more people more people know the difference between rappers and artists, true artists. I’m going to classify the way I’m going to be, I’m going to dress, I’m going to be. I want to be considered who I am and that’s a genuine do-it-yourself artist. … Make more money, try to grow as a businessman, it’s that simple.

Read the full interview here.

30 UNDER 30.

Posted by ASAP Rocky on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Power Snubbed At The Golden Globes 2016? Full List of Winners

The Golden Globes 2016 took place on Sunday, Jan. 10., hosted by Ricky Gervais.

The evening was full of funny, inappropriate jokes and designer dresses.  There hasn’t been too much talk about TV show snubs, but one series was mentioned this afternoon. Not only did hit Starz series Power not received a Golden Globe award, but the show wasn’t even nominated.

The “Glee version” of Power, Empire was nominated, and Taraji P. Henson actually won for “Best performance by an actress in a TV series, drama” We can all agree, Henson deserved to win in the category, but was Power snubbed at the Golden Globes 2016?

The show’s creator 50 Cent thinks so, at least according to his Instagram page.

I guess if the cast of Power weren’t nominated or invited, it’s safe to say that neither was the cast of Straight Outta Compton. Do you agree, was Power snubbed? What about Straight Outta Compton?

 

Below is a full list of Golden Globe 2016 winners:

Best motion picture, drama

“The Revenant”

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

“The Martian”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Brie Larson, “Room”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best performance by actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best director, motion picture

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Best screenplay, motion picture

Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Best original score, motion picture

Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Best motion picture, animated

“Inside Out”

Best original song, motion picture

“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

Best motion picture, foreign language

“Son of Saul”

Best television series, drama

“Mr. Robot,” USA

Best television series, musical or comedy

“Mozart in the Jungle,” Amazon Video

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television

“Wolf Hall,” PBS

Best performance by an actor in a television series, drama

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Best performance by an actor in a television series, musical or comedy

Gael García Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

Best performance by an actress in a TV series, drama

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Maura Tierney, “The Affair”

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy

Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Best motion picture, drama

“The Revenant”

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

“The Martian”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Brie Larson, “Room”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best performance by actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best director, motion picture

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Best screenplay, motion picture

Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Best original score, motion picture

Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Best motion picture, animated

“Inside Out”

Best original song, motion picture

“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

Best motion picture, foreign language

“Son of Saul”

Best television series, drama

“Mr. Robot,” USA

Best television series, musical or comedy

“Mozart in the Jungle,” Amazon Video

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television

“Wolf Hall,” PBS

Best performance by an actor in a television series, drama

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Best performance by an actor in a television series, musical or comedy

Gael García Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

Best performance by an actress in a TV series, drama

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Maura Tierney, “The Affair”

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy

Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”