*Miramax is attempting to garner the necessary support to get “Paid in Full” on Blu-ray.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Charles Stone III’s groundbreaking film about three Harlem friends and the hip-hop culture they epitomized.
Based on true events, “Paid in Full” tells the cautionary tale of Ace, Mitch, and Rico — three friends whose illegal exploits resulted in riches, notoriety, and ultimate tragedy.
When it premiered on October 25, 2002, the film drew comparisons to iconic crime films like “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” and “The Godfather,” though to this day, it has yet to be released on Blu-ray.
The company recently set up an online petition to get 25K signatures to convince the distributor that it will be worth the effort.
“Paid in Full,” the seminal hip-hop classic from Miramax & Roc-A-Fella Films stars Cam’ron, Mikhi Phifer and Wood Harris. The title of the film was inspired by Eric B. & Rakim’s debut album.
Check out the petition here.
*The Wu-Tang Clan will not only headline the upcoming 4-date Rock the Bells tour, but the Staten Island-based collective will perform their debut album, “Enter the 36 Chambers,” in its entirety.
The touring festival kicks off on Aug. 21 in Los Angeles and includes stops in New York City, Mountain View, Calif. and Columbia, Maryland.
Other rap luminaries set to perform classic albums from start to finish at Rock the Bells include Rakim doing “Paid in Full”, KRS-One doing Boogie Down Production’s “Criminal Minded” and Slick Rick revisiting “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.”
Other artists on the bill are Street Sweeper Social Club (the collaboration between The Coup’s Boots Riley and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello), Murs & 9th Wonder, Wiz Khalifa and Clipse, among others.
Word on the Internet is that Lauryn Hill, the reclusive, Grammy-winning former member of the Fugees, would be one of the festival’s headliners and perform her only major solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” in its entirety.
Hill’s appearance was not in the festival’s official announcement, but the event’s website promises “Surprise Performances.” Information about tickets and the full lineup is available at rockthebells.net.