*Many Hip Hop fans are excited about NWA‘s nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, a North Carolina based Hip Hop activist and journalist is not one of them.
TRUTH Minista Paul Scott blames NWA for many problems that are still facing the Black community almost 25 years after the release of their first album.
He says that NWA replaced the conscious Hip Hop of the era with a culture of death and destruction. Scott is asking that fans of real Hip Hop contact the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and demand that NWA be removed from induction consideration.
Instead of being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Scott says that the group should be forever condemned to Hip Hop’s “Hall of Shame.”
Listen as TRUTH Minista Paul Scott pleads his case:
The retailer that targets teens and young adults, Forever 21, has got itself in a bit of a PR pickle.
The clothing company recently came up with a line of “Compton” t-shirts that are controversial to say the least.
Actually, the t-shirts may never see the light of day at this point … at least legally, because the reaction to the announcement was swift to say the least.
Sparks began to fly Thursday after “Forever 21″ tweeted, “New arrivals… straight outta Compton.” The tweet was accompanied by the above photo of white models wearing the shirts emblazoned with logos that read, “Ice Cube,” “City Of Compton” and “N.W.A.: The World’s Most Dangerous Group.”
Like we said, the response was so swift, the tweet was quickly taken down. And some accused the company of cultural appropriation.
And speaking of cultural appropriation, a young lady named Patti LaHelle posted a very insightful and reasoned video response to the issue; she questioned the clothing design and promotion methods:
BTW, if you think you can still buy the items, nope, you’re wrong. Forever 21 has also removed the shirts from its retail website as well.
Here’s a sampling of some Twitter reactions to the shirts:
But wait! Some folks pointed out that there are no Forever 21 stores in Compton!
Dr. Dre’s son Curtis Young, Eazy E’s son Eric Lynn Wright Jr., Jam Master Jay’s son Jason Mizell, MC Ren’s son Anthony Dunbar & E’40′s son Droop-E.
*Oh boy, they’ve thought of everything.
A new reality show starring the sons of rappers is next on the hot plate for television junkies.
According to TMZ, N.W.A. and Run-DMC’s kids are going to be entertaining viewers as they go along in the shadows of their fathers.
Currently titled, “Seeds of Hip Hop” (sounds kind of like a TMI comment or something), the show will star Dr. Dre’s son, Curtis Young, Eazy E’s son Eric Lyn Wright Jr., MC Ren’s son Anthony Dunbar, E’40’s son Droop-E and Jam Master Jay’s son Jason Mizell, all of whom are in their 20s.
The show doesn’t have a home just yet, but you can bet one of these networks is going to scoop that one up with a quickness.
Currently it’s being shopped around to VH1, TV-ONE, FUSE TV and BET.
*Late, great, N.W.A. rapper, Eazy E is going to be remembered via film.
Ruthless Propoganda has officially announced a release date for “Ruthless Memories,” a documentary about the life of Eazy E.
According to reports, the film will include exclusive interviews with E’s bandmates, MC Ren and Jerry Heller, an old business partner.
There will also be interviews with former Ruthless Records artists, such as B.G. Knocc Out. Knocc Out appeared on one of Eazy E’s last hit songs “Real Compton City G’s.”
Sergio Hernandez (the director of the film) says the project will be released on December 21. He also stated that pre-order purchasers who buy their copy before December 7 will see their names appear in the film’s ending credits.
Eazy E’s 1995 death from A.I.D.S complications is widely disputed and has resulted in numerous conspiracy theories.
*F. Gary Gray is in final talks to direct “Straight Outta Compton,” the New Line film that traces the founding of groundbreaking rap group NWA, featuring Eazy E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella.
Armed with such street anthems as “F*** tha Police” and “Dopeman,” their material reflected the growing ire of urban youth in the 1980s and set the tone for gangsta rap culture in Los Angeles.
The film was set up at New Line by Cube’s Cube Vision.
Gray last directed “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Be Cool” and “The Italian Job.” He has also directed music videos for Ice Cube.
*VH1′s Emmy Award-winning “VH1 Rock Docs” franchise will explore the connection between the violence manifested on the streets during the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the rage expressed in hip hop by NWA, Dr. Dre, Ice T, and Ice Cube among others in “UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots,” premiering Tuesday, May 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Executive produced and narrated by Snoop Dogg and directed by Mark Ford, “UPRISING: Hip Hop and The L.A. Riots” tells the story of the riot and is scored by some of the most iconic hip hop tracks, including NWA’s “F Tha Police” and Body Count’s “Cop Killer.”
With definitive first-hand accounts and exclusive rare footage that was locked away and hasn’t been seen until now, the documentary gives an inside look at the four fiery days that left 53 people dead and over 12,000 arrested.
“UPRISING” is told through the diverse perspective of the rappers, musicians, police officers and victims who lived through the landmark L.A. Riots in April, 1992. Viewers will also witness never-before-heard stories from well -known figures and rappers who were affected by or actual participants in the riots, including: Rodney King, Arsenio Hall, Ice T, Professor Todd Boyd (USC), Connie Rice (Civil Rights attorney), John Singleton, Too Short, KRS-One, Nas, Henry Watson (one of the “LA Four” convicted of beating Reginald Denny) and many more.
*Excitement is building around the coming N.W.A. biopic and fans won’t have to wait too long because production will be underway shortly.
It was mentioned before that director John Singleton was to helm the production alongside Ice Cube, but it looks like he may be out.
“I can’t talk about it too prematurely about the stuff I’m doing because nothing’s come to fruition yet, but Cube and I are talking about doing the N.W.A story,” Singleton said. “The script is really, really good and we’re just figuring it out. New Line [Cinema] really wants to make it.”
But Vulture.com is reporting that New Line Cinema is only considering three seasoned directors: F. Gary Gary (“Friday”), Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow”), and Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”).
*John Singleton has proven to be a dynamic director and talent in the film industry.
In the last 10 years, he’s demonstrated versatility with movies like “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Four Brothers.”
He’s got another project that will return him to his directing roots and bring a lot of his original audience back to their seats. The filmmaker revealed that he’s working on reuniting with Ice Cube for an N.W.A. biopic.
“I can’t talk about it too prematurely about the stuff I’m doing because nothing’s come to fruition yet, but Cube and I are talking about doing the N.W.A. story,” Singleton told The Playlist. “The script is really, really good, and so we’re just figuring it out. New Line really wants to make it.”
Others on board for the project include Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Matt Alvarez, David Engel, Bill Strauss, and Tomica Wright.
The proposed title of the film? Yep, you guessed it, “Straight Outta Compton.”
*Even before becoming BFFs with “BeyonJay” and basking in Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You” spotlight, Gwyneth Paltrow was a true hip hop head – more specifically, a huge fan of NWA.
During her interview on UK’s “The Graham Norton Show,” she was asked to prove it.
“There’s one word I can’t say, though,” she clarified before she busting out Ice Cube’s opening lines from “Gangsta Gangsta” – with fellow guest and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush reluctantly providing the song’s background siren noises.
*In lieu of interesting partnerships and strange collaborations, Disney is in talks with Ice Cube to back his new film.
The L.A. native is producing “Chrome and Paint,” a hood-style drama he also co-wrote. It takes an inside look at the custom car scene in South Central LA. It’s all about love, lust, loyalty and materialism and which principal takes precedence in life.
So how did Disney come into the mix? Well, the rapper has been shopping around for a backer for the film and it looks like the company may be the one.
Now, if Disney takes on the film, the movie will be shot as a PG-13 flick, although it was written to be rated-R. They plan to begin shooting by the end of summer.
In the meantime, Cube is also involved in other projects including “21 Jump Street,” his tour to promote his latest album, “I Am the West,” and his Cube Vision production company is producing a film about N.W.A.
Cube is also making news for being spoofed on “Saturday Night Live.” They included him in a fairly funny sketch called “Best of Both Worlds.” In it he became the brunt of a few jokes because of his movie choices. Rather than explain it any further, watch it below:
*Ice Cube is a multi-talented man. He’s done the acting, producing and his first love, rapping. Although he hasn’t been had any hit records of late, he’s hasn’t forgotten his true nature.
The former NWA member – who is also the executive producer of the TBS sitcom “Are We There Yet?” – just announced a 28-date national tour called “I Am the West.”
Check the winter tour dates below:
Feb. 24. Aspen, Colo., Belly Up Aspen Feb. 25. Albuquerque, N.M., Sunshine Theatre Feb. 26. Boulder, Colo., Boulder Theater Mar. 1: Dallas, Texas, House of Blues Mar. 2: Houston, Texas, House of Blues Mar. 3: Baton Rouge, La., Varsity Theatre Mar. 5: Atlanta, Ga., Center Stage Mar. 6: Asheville, N.C., The Orange Peel Mar. 7: Baltimore, Md., Bourbon Street Mar. 8: New York, N.Y., B.B. King Blues Club Mar. 10: South Burlington, Vt., Higher Ground Ballroom Mar. 11: Buffalo, N.Y., The Town Ballroom Mar. 12: Milwaukee, Wisc., – Eagles Ballroom Mar. 13: Chicago, Ill., – MID Mar. 15: Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue Mar. 17: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Tequila Nightclub Mar. 18: Lethbridge, Alberta, Bully’s Mar. 19: Calgary, Alberta, Flames Central Mar. 22: Vancouver, British Columbia, Commodore Ballroom Mar. 23: Victoria, British Columbia, Club 9One9 Mar. 25: Portland, Oreg., Roseland Theater Mar. 26: Seattle, Wash., Showbox at the Market Mar. 27: Bend, Oreg., Midtown Rink Mar. 29: Chico, Calif., Senator Theatre Mar. 30: West Hollywood, Calif., House of Blues Apr. 1: Anaheim, Calif., Grove of Anaheim
*NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” next week will add a never-before-seen TV performance by Ice Cube to one of its summer reruns.
According to the New York Daily News, producers of the show are adding the appearance to a “Late Night” rebroadcast airing Wednesday at 12:35 a.m. [Scroll down to watch video.]
“This is the perfect example of how much fun our show is, even when the cameras aren’t rolling,” Fallon said in a statement.
Ice Cube was the lead guest when the show was originally taped. And each night before the show starts, the house band, the Roots, plays to warm up the crowd. On this particular night, Cube was sitting in with the band and performed the N.W.A. classic “Straight Outta Compton.” The performance was captured by a “Late Night” staffer with a digital camera.
The footage was then matched up to the audio recorded in the studio, creating a new performance piece being added to the rerun next week.
A feature film about the rise and fall of gangsta rap group Ni**as With Attitude (N.W.A.) is in development from the production company owned by one of its original members, Ice Cube.
Cube Vision, which the rapper/actor runs with Matt Alvarez, are producing along with Tomica Woods, the widow of N.W.A. founder Eazy-E. Woods inherited rights to all of the group’s songs.
Michelle Weiss and Dave Neustadter are overseeing for New Line, while Andrea Berloff, who wrote Oliver Stone’s true-life movie “World Trade Center,” has just been hired to write the screenplay.
N.W.A.’s other members included Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella. Another member, Arabian Prince, left the group before it released the ground-breaking “Straight Outta Compton” album in 1988.
The CD, which featured the title track as well as “F*** tha Police,” brought gangsta rap into the mainstream and triggered sales of 9 million units. But fame eventually caused problems within the group.
Cube left in 1990 over royalty disputes, went solo and warred with the group via songs. All grappled with violence, charges of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia, and even more infighting, this time between Eazy-E and Dr. Dre. But, Eazy-E’s death, from AIDS-related causes, set the ex-members on a reconciliatory path.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that having a white writer on black-themed projects, especially biopics, is a fairly recent trend. Sheldon Turner penned a draft of the Rick James project “Super Freak,” while Brad Kane wrote the draft of the Richard Pryor project that attracted director Bill Condon.
Especially noteworthy is that the person tackling the N.W.A. adaptation is a white woman.
However, the writer has made a name for herself in Hollywood by tackling true-life stories. On top of “World Trade Center,” she wrote “The Fugees,” an adaptation of a New York Times article for Universal, about a group of international refugee soccer kids who settle in Atlanta.
She also is working on an adaptation of Mark Bowden’s book “Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America’s War With Militant Islam,” about the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, for HBO and producer Bill Horberg.