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WE Network To Premiere ‘The Mysterious Death Of Eazy-E’ Series Next Month

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Compton native Eric “Eazy-E” Wright has been recognized as one of the pioneers of Gangsta Rap, but his sudden death and its cause put a black eye on his legacy in Hip Hop history. , In August, a four-part documentary entitled The Mysterious Death Of Eazy-E hopes to uncover some of the questions surrounding the untimely passing of one of Hip Hop’s giants.

Eazy-E died March 26, 1995, of complications from HIV/AIDS after being admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles just a month earlier for what is described as a “violent cough”. Wright’s daughter Ebie and her mother Tracy Jernagin use the documentary as a platform to inform the public that they never believed that the N.W.A. founder died from AIDS.

“Something just did not seem right,” Jernagin said. “He died unusually fast. He did not lose weight. He was not a drug abuser. It’s like one day he’s fine, the next day he’s dying.”

One of the people whose absence is noticed is an actor and former N.W.A. member Ice Cube. In a past interview, Ebie said, “The only person that actually matters to this story I’m telling, who hasn’t talked on it so far, I’m just being completely honest … is Ice Cube. It really breaks my heart that he hasn’t spoken on this yet because I grew up with his sons and I have a really good relationship with them.”

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[WATCH] 50 Cent Premieres Trailer, Release Date For ‘BMF’ Series

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After a long-awaited release, 50 Cent took to IG to premiere the trailer for the BMF series, which is slated to debut on the Starz network in September.

“The real s*** just hit different, @lilmeechbmf Green Light Gang,” captioned Fif.

In the trailer, Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, who is played by his son Lil Meech, along with his brother Terry “Southwest T” Flenory launch their drug trade operation which expanded the Black Mafia Family into one of the largest drug empires ever in the United States.

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Movie Starring Machine Gun Kelly Honors Mac Miller By Changing Film Title

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Mac Miller’s brother, Miller McCormick, made it clear that the name of the new movie “Good News,” starring Machine Gun Kelly, infuriated him.   

 McCormick didn’t like the movie named after the later rapper’s first posthumous single, so he took his frustration out on IG in his story. “F**k you, f**k your movie, change the title.” 

Initially, the movie directed and written by Tim Sutton, was presumed to be based on the lives of deceased rappers such as Pop Smoke, Lil Peep, Mac Miller, and Juice WRLD, and others, they will honor Miller McCormick’s request by changing the name of the movie. 

But according to a statement released by the film company that assumption is false.

“Our film is about a fictional musician on the rise with a troubled life. It’s not in any way a biopic or based on any artist’s true life. We realize the title, which was intended as an homage to Mac Miller, and other artists gone too soon, feels disrespectful. We’ve heard from many people on social media who have found offense with the title so, without hesitation, we will change it.”

The now-untitled film is still set to kick off production on July 8 in Los Angeles. 

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Vic Mensa To Star In Biopic Film About Late Rapper ProKid

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Vic Mensa is taking his talents to the big screen. 

Vic Mensa is set to star in the upcoming feature film African/American.  A biopic based on the life of the late rapper ProKid. Just recently we caught Mensa as he made his television acting debut on the Showtime series “The Chi” and he is quickly making his mark on the big screen. The film, which is set during the post-apartheid Renaissance period in South Africa, follows Howard University alumni Syd Money in a story about his time with South African Hip-Hop pioneer, ProKid. The Roc Nation artist is part West African with roots from Ghana and is set to play Syd. 

Next stop South Africa,” the Chicago rapper and activist posted on Instagram about his new role.

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ProKid, who passed away in 2018 after suffering a seizure, is known for popularizing Kasi rap. The film serves as a tribute to ProKid and seeks to draw parallels between the African and African American experiences.

The Shadow League reports, the films logline : “When an African American man travels to Africa in search of his roots, he bonds with a young South African in search of the ‘American Dream.’”

The Soweto-born artist is known for helping popularize rapping in a mixture of both English and “vernac” (IsiZulu and South African township slang), also known as Kasi rap. To help create the critically acclaimed album “Heads and Tales,” Syd Money assembled a group who later became some of the most prolific South African hip hop producers to this day. Those familiar will recognize the names Draztik, Omen, AMU, Dome, Dplanet, Hoodlum, Beatmaker and Nyemz.

Together, they changed the course of South African Hip Hop forever. ProKid’s albums Heads & Tales, DNA and Dankie San are considered 3 of the most influential albums in South African hip hop history. His most popular songs include “Soweto” and “Wozobona”.

The hip hop drama is penned by Actor/Writer Jamie Burton-Oare (Soulful Steps) and Writer/Director Skye Dennis (Myra’s Angel), who will also direct. In addition to Oscar winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who is making her directorial debut. African/American is being produced by Actor/Producer Lanre Idewu (HBO Max’s South Side), Hall and Dennis for A Mama’s Boy Productions and Rashidi Hendrix (Hulu’s Set the Record Straight: The Jam Master Jay Case) for Metallic Entertainment.

Stayed tuned for more updates as production continues.

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Lil Baby, Lil Wayne Tapped For ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Soundtrack

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LeBron James and others shown in the trailer for ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’.

LeBron James has a new jersey number and a new soundtrack for his upcoming ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ blockbuster. On Wednesday, Republic Records rolled out the tracklist for the album which features the likes of Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, Chance the Rapper, Lil Baby, Big Freedia and more. ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy Official Soundtrack’ is expected to hit all streaming platforms on July 9th, with the movie to premiere on July 16th.

SAINt JHN and SZA unveiled their new song “Just For Me”, also written for the film, last Friday (June 11). Their collaboration follows Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin’s contribution “We Win”, which arrived at the end of last month.

Peep the official unveiling of all the featured artists appearing on the feel good film, starring LeBron James, below.

  • 01. Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin – ‘We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)’
  • 02. 24kGoldn – ‘Control The World’ (feat. Lil Wayne)
  • 03. Chance the Rapper – ‘See Me Fly’ (feat. John Legend & Symba)
  • 04. Saweetie – ‘Hoops’ (feat. Salt-N-Pepa & Kash Doll)
  • 05. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Pump Up The Jam’
  • 06. SAINt JHN – ‘Just For Me’ (feat. SZA)
  • 07. John Legend – ‘Crowd Go Crazy’
  • 08. Jonas Brothers – ‘Mercy’
  • 09. Lil Tecca & Aminé – ‘Gametime’
  • 10. Dame D.O.L.L.A., G-Eazy, P-Lo & White Dave – ‘About That Time’
  • 11. BROCKHAMPTON – ‘MVP
  • 12. Cordae & DUCKWRTH – ‘Settle The Score’
  • 13. Big Freedia – ‘Goin’ Looney’
  • 14. Joyner Lucas – ‘Shoot My Shot’
  • 15. Leon Bridges – ‘My Guy’
  • 16. Anthony Ramos – ‘The Best’

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A$AP Rocky, King Von, Pop Smoke and More Set for ‘Fast 9’ Soundtrack

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Rev your engines and get ready for Fast 9. The squad of Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Tyrese, and more will be joined by John Cena. Holding down the score for the film is a squad of Hip-Hop elite including A$AP Rocky, Pop Smoke, King Von, Jack Harlow, and more.

Complex revealed the new soundtrack, which will hit on June 17, and is led by the aforementioned along with Don Toliver, Offset, 24K Goldn, Lil Durk, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.

The new soundtrack is 14 songs in length and will hit on June 17, just one week ahead of the movie arriving in theaters on June 25.

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[WATCH] Official Trailer For Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Starring Jennifer Hudson

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Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

Respect stars Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Audra McDonald as Barbara Franklin, Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Kimberly Scott as Mama Franklin, Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin, Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Heather Headley as Clara Ward, Skye Dakota Turner as Young Aretha Franklin, Tate Donovan as John Hammond and Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington.

See it only in theaters on August 13, 2021.

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Chris Rock Says His Daughters Convinced Him to Work with 21 Savage for ‘Saw’ EP

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Chris Rock and 21 Savage link up for the No. 1 movie in the country.

The legendary comedian steps into a different acting realm this time around. Throughout his career, we have seen Chris Rock in a number of comedic, drama films. The latest movie in the Saw Series, “Spiral: From the Book of Saw,” is currently the No.1 movie in the US.

The movie could not be completed without one special element: a soundtrack. What is a movie without a soundtrack? Rock called on Grammy-winner 21 Savage for the assist. Savage dropped of a Sprial EP in conjunction to the movie’s release.

“Sometimes you got to put some music to it to let people know it exists. You know what I mean?” said Chris Rock. “Just to let people know it’s out there. He’s a big fan of ‘Saw.’ He’s a big fan of horror. So we’re like, okay, really? I run everything by my daughters. So I run it by my daughters, my daughters are like, ‘Yo, you got to do it. You got to work with 21 Savage.’ So here we are.”

The EP features Young Thug, Gunna, Young Nudy and more.

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Savage made his “Tonight Show” debut with Chris Rock for a game of True Confessions. Check it out below.

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21 Savage Releases ‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ Soundtrack

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21 Savage has put his stamp on the SAW movie series, delivering the soundtrack for Spiral: From the Book of Saw.

With the film starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson hitting theaters today, the soundtrack arrives featuring Gunna, Young Thug, and Young Nudy.

The concise four-track effort brings in a dark aura to the songs, included with menacing sounds that are familiar in the Saw series.

You can hear the full effort below.

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50 Cent Uproots to Houston to Produce New Docuseries

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When business calls, 50 Cent is first on the line. The Southside Jamaica Queens native has always represented his birthplace, but now he taking his talents to the South.

Earlier this year, he echoed his support of Texas’ Governor, Greg Abbot. Abbot lifted the Lone Star State’s mask mandate well before vaccines were distributed across the country. Since then Texas has been fully open for business. Once 50 Cent caught wind of the state’s new policy, he was on board.

“I’m headed to Texas f*ck this.”

The legendary rapper and film producer is now trading in his Mets and Yankees fitted cap for an Astros one, literally. Rest assure that he packed a number of fitted caps to continue to represent his home teams.

Fif recently took to social media to make the announcement about his new place of residence.

“I Love NY, but i live in Houston now i’ll explain later,” he wrote as his caption on Instagram, posing with a Houston Astros cap on his head. 

In the same post, he announced his next G-Unit Film & Television project with Discovery + entitled, “Confessions of a Crime Queen.”

According to the Deadline, the series will follow Queenpins, who built criminal empires, but later saw it come to end.

He even received a warm welcome from Houston’s mayor and the NAACP.

In addition, 50 recently announced the July 18th release date for his Power spin-off: “Raising Kanan.” The anticipation is high and Curtis Jackson continues to deliver.

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