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.
Within the last year Roc Nation has made some power moves. Between signing lyrical genius, rapper Fabolous and venturing into the sports management industry, many can say Jay Z’s label has been a success.
Well, maybe one person may not agree and that’s Rita Ora. The “Body on Me” singer is far from happy with the label. In fact, there have been reports stating that Rita Ora is suing Roc Nation.
According to the lawsuit:
“As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives.”
“Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.”
A report in Us Weekly states that Ora feels Roc Nation isn’t taking care of their artists because the company is too busy dipping into sports management. The lawsuit also stated that Ora felt “orphaned” by the “diminished” label.
Allegedly the “How We Do” singer has been self-funding her projects; paying for her own videos, TV appearances and recording costs.
Rita Ora is filing under California’s “seven-year rule.” This is a section under the labor law in which a court cannot enforce a contract after seven years of signing to a label.
California’s “seven-year rule” may work in Ora’s favor. She signed with Roc Nation in 2008, reaching the seven-year mark. According to Rolling Stone when this type if lawsuit is filed it usually leads to renegotiation or a settlement.
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The North Face brand has been one of the most influential clothing names in the hip hop community. It’s a sad day for snorkel lovers; The North Face founder Douglas Tompkins is dead at age 72.
Tompkins died in a kayaking accident. The incident occurred Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at General Carrera Lake in southern Chile. The 72-year-old founder of The North Face and clothing brand Epsrit was flown into Coyhaique Regional Hospital with severe hypothermia.
Local prosecutor, Pedro Salgado spoke to Bío Bío radio and stated that Tompkins spent a “considerable amount of time in waters under 4 degrees Celsius.”
Douglas Tompkins was known by all as an outdoorsman. His daughter Summer Tompkins made a statement:
“He flew airplanes, he climbed to the top of mountains all over the world. To have lost his life in a lake and have nature just sort of gobble him up is just shocking.”
Our condolence go out to Tompkins’ family and friends.