Category Archives: Hip Hop Film and Movie News

50 Cent Announces Casting Call For Upcoming ‘BMF’ Flick

In an otherwise normal IG post, which isn’t often for the rapper/mogul 50 Cent, the Queens-bred exec calls on the public for actors for his upcoming series about the Detroit-based BMF drug organization.

Promoted under his company, G-Unit Film and Television, 50 announced that the castings will be held in different cities and even went further into detail about the movie, announcing its writer Randy Huggins and goes into depth about the roles they are looking to fill for the forthcoming, highly anticipated film.

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Sly and the Family Stone Documentary to Be Released This Year

A new full-length feature documentary on funk icons Sly and The Family Stone is set to be released this year. While no official date has been given, the film will chronicle the funk band’s influence upon popular music and will give an account of Sly Stone’s remarkable fall from grace, in which he struggled with drug addiction and homelessness while pursuing a high-profile lawsuit against his former managers over millions in allegedly unpaid royalties. In a landmark victory, Stone was awarded a $5 million verdict in 2015.

The director of the film, Brady Spensor, told Deadline in an official statement that, “This was [produced] at a time in his life when things were really difficult for Sly. I became his friend at his most down and out, most financially broke, and feel incredibly grateful for Sly’s trust and participation allowing me to document the end of a tragic spiral, then the transition and the outcome of Sly winning a significant lawsuit that may have influenced The Music Modernization Act.”

Sly Stone is one of the greatest musicians in the history of recorded music. Sly and The Family Stone was among the first bands in popular music that was integrated into race and gender. The group would score hits such as “Dance to the Music” (1968) and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” and acclaimed albums such as Stand! and There’s a Riot Goin’ On.

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New Netflix Documentary Examines Jam Master Jay’s Unsolved Murder

The death of hip-hop icon Jam Master Jay is still a mystery today. The founding member of the legendary rap group Run-DMC was killed 16 years ago. Just like the unsolved murders of 2Pac and The Notorious BIG, Jay’s murder has left a dark cloud over hip-hop.

A new documentary on Netflix, Remastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay, premiered on December 7th. Narrated by Hip-Hop journalist and documentarian Rahman Dukes, the documentary examines the life, death, and all the question that are still unanswered around the investigation of Jason Mizel. The documentary is a part of a new series from Netflix that will chronicle a number of prominent events focusing on some of the most iconic personalities in the music industry. Each episode will feature a story from another artist.

Aside from co-founding Run-DMC, one of the most influential acts in the history of music, Jay also established Jam Master Jay Records as he became a music executive. Through this label venture, Jay discovered fellow Queens artists Onyx and 50 Cent.

Giving commentary on the Netflix documentary is DMC, Russell Simmons, and Jay’s family and friends.

You can view the trailer below:

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[WATCH] ‘Nasir The Film’ Out Now On Mass Appeal / Def Jam Recordings

Hip-hop icon Nas, widely regarded as one of the most influential emcees of all time, releases a short film to accompany his 11th studio album Nasir via Mass Appeal / Def Jam Recordings.

Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, the short film touches on the many social issues currently and historically ingrained into his local community of Queens, New York, such as racism and police brutality.

Escobar season continues.

See Nasir here

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Tee Grizzley Releases His ‘Off Parole’ Documentary

Tee Grizzley has shared a new documentary titled Off Parole highlighting the past 30 months in the parole system and the count down to a new chapter of freedom in his life and career.

The documentary follows the release of Tee’s latest project Still My Moment, which dropped last Friday on 300 Entertainment. The project features Chance The Rapper, Quavo, Lil Pump, Bryan Hamilton, YNW Melly, plus production from Helluva, Tay Keith and more. In the doc, Tee details the hurdle being on parole has created in his music career and the shared experience of many facing the same struggle being caught up in the system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMqWRtGhOQI&feature=youtu.be

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Mike Will Made-It Releases ‘Creed II’ Soundtrack Track List

Last week, Mike Will Made-It had a small private get together for the Creed II Soundtrack listening party in Atlanta, Georgia. The Ear Drummers producer is the curator and executive producer of the album, which supports the sequel that is set to release on Wednesday, November 21.

Creed II stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson. The soundtrack features Ella Mai, Gunna, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lil’ Wayne, YG, Trouble, Quavo, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane and many more.

Mike posted on his social media, Twitter and Instagram, of the 15 track album. Peep the full list of the heavy hitters who will be singing as well as spitting bars on the track of the album.

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Hip-Hop’s Hidden Horror: ‘Da Hip Hop Witch’

Everyone loves a good urban legend and there’s no better time for urban legends than Halloween. Yesterday at The Source, several of us writers were gathered around brainstorming stories for Halloween. We started with the obvious- scary movies. Now, while horror movies have never been known for their high cinematic standards, studio executives have spent millions of dollars trying to make them more appealing. While most resort to the tactic of better special effects or even more gore, occasionally an out-of-the-box thinker gets it in his or her head to cast a big name.

Where most serious actors shy away from the horror/scary movie genre,  some Hip-Hop artists have stepped up to the plate, swung, and…definitely missed. Sure, there were the obvious contenders: LL Cool J in H20, Trey Songz in Texas Chainsaw Massacre (giving whole new meaning to “make them say ah”), Busta Rhymes in Halloween: Resurrection, Rah Digga in ‘Thir13en Ghosts (ok, that one was actually good), Ice-T in Leprechaun, and probably even more that we forgot about.

But it was an accident that led us to the urban legend of Da Hip Hop Witch.

While researching exactly which horror movie(s) Ja Rule appeared in, we stumbled upon Da Hip Hop Witch, a 2000 horror movie that, despite featuring major talent such as Ja Rule, Eminem, Mobb Deep, Vanilla Ice, Royce da 5’9’, Charlie Baltimore, Pras, Vitamin C, Benzino, and a few others, remained buried like a haunted artifact deep below the earth’s surface.

With an all-star lineup and a trailer tagline of “You can take the witch out of the wood, but you can’t take the witch out of the hood,” the only question is: how has mainstream America never heard of this cinematic masterpiece?

Well, Eminem’s people tried to bury it, for one.

Yet despite a blurry trailer on IMDB, there was almost no proof that this movie ever actually existed. Did it exist? Why wasn’t it available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Hulu, or Netflix?

Wait, do any of us really exist?

Based on the sparse and often vague recycled reports on the Internet, the possibility that such a movie ever existed began to dwindle.

It had become our Halloween urban legend.

Until we found it (don’t ask how) and realized that this wasn’t just any urban legend, it was our urban legend. That’s right, 18 years ago, The Source may have played a significant role in this obscure film, leaving nothing but a small trail of breadcrumbs for the next generation of writers to follow. Which we did with enthusiasm.

The premise of the movie is simple: A witch is terrorizing Hip-Hop artists. But she isn’t a normal witch, she’s a “cool witch.” Instead of the traditional green skin and warts, she’s allegedly “thick” with “a fat ass” and “big ol’ titties.”

To quote one of the film’s aspiring thespians, “the witch got a big ass. I’d fuck the witch.”

The movie, likely written by someone on bath salts, is a half-assed attempt to parody The Blair Witch Project. It opens up with Ja Rule (in all of his 2000 glory days’ prime) advising people to “stay away from the hairy witch bitch.”

How was this not nominated for an Oscar?

The picture’s extremely loose plotline focuses on three key groups of people: the writers at the still-unnamed Hip-Hop magazine (which, if several Yahoo users are to believed, is supposed to be The Source), the montage of early 2000’s rappers, and five white kids with a pug (aptly named “Pug”) from Salem, Massachusetts (where witches are all evidently from). Shaky camera shots, Motorola brick phones, late 90’s computers, dial-up internet, and fax machines also play strong supporting roles in the movie.

Following the credits, a group of aspiring artists are in producer Mr. Z’s studio. They’re talking about how to become “as big as Ricky Martin” and the subject of the Hip-Hop witch comes up. Apparently she “puts her finger up people’s butt.” Yet despite this unwanted anal assault, every artist who has been attacked by the Hip-Hop witch sees an increase in record sales.

Seriously, who wrote this?

Cut to a young Eminem in a button-down plaid shirt straight from the Gap’s summer 1999 line and wait for it…wait for it…a dog tag. After being assaulted by the witch, he’s holed up in his studio with fellow rappers. Meanwhile, new writer DeeDee is trying to make a name for herself by proving that the urban legend of the Hip-Hop witch is true. She does a lot of faxing to accomplish this.

After a reward of $10 million is offered for the witch, the five white kids and Pug decide that being from Salem, they have what it takes to find the witch. In true stereotypical fashion, one white guy has dreads, one always wears sunglasses, and one girl has pink hair. The dreads guide the group.

I can’t make this up.

Cut to more shaky camera shots of rappers in the studio talking about the Hip-Hop witch. However, it should be noticed that the Hip-Hop witch is an equal opportunity witch. She doesn’t just target men. She also attacked pop artist Vitamin C, probably for making that stupid graduation song.

Back at the office, in between beeps from the fax machine, DeeDee tells her editor that she has the “hot story” about the Hip-Hop witch that could be big news for the magazine. The editor deflects by awkwardly throwing shade at Billboard magazine and tells DeeDee to get back to work faxing things.

About halfway through, The Source makes an appearance as the five kids and Pug from Salem are doing their research, using the magazine, and realize that the “witch” has been only targeting Mr. Z’s artists, leading them to believe that (plot twist) there is no witch.

While doing her serious investigative journalism, DeeDee is faxing things and the company CEO comes in and tells her she has a nice ass. This has zero bearing on the plot whatsoever, but it lends itself to the movie’s overarching theme of “nice asses.”

Also, how much stuff did people fax in 2000?

More shaky cam shots and rapper cameos ensue. The pug makes an appearance in a stolen car. The artists continue to sit in the studio, make beats, and talk about how hot the witch is. The witch steals Big Rock’s car. No further explanation is given.

Eminem is still holed up inside his studio and still talking about how the witch put a finger up his butt. And he sort of liked it. Vanilla Ice, donning a late 90’s ball chain necklace, describes the witch as “a naked chick” with “something scary about her.” Then he resumes getting a tattoo.

Because who doesn’t get interviewed in a tattoo parlor?

The five white kids go to Mr. Z and tell him that there is no witch. He lines them up like he’s going to kill them but then tells them to run. In what can only be described as a Halloween night supernatural event, five white kids from the suburbs outrun Mr. Z’s entire crew. Just as the action is starting to wane, Mobb Deep is abducted in a Blair Witch-project montage. All we see is on the screen is blackness. All we hear is screams and a dog growling. You do not mess with Pug, apparently.

Mr. Z and his crew exchange money with the Street Don who has promised to put them on his magazine in exchange for record sales. Or something like that. That part of the plotline is never made clear.

Eminem is still talking about the witch putting a finger up his butt.

After about 20 more minutes of incoherent, shaky camera shots, Royce da 5’9’ offers an explanation as to why the witch is probably putting her fingers up Hip-Hop artists’ butts. “Probably because we be mooning people all the time,” he suggests.

Makes sense if you think about it.

Meanwhile, Pras found a solution to warding off the witch: a cell phone and a candle. No further explanation is given. Also, Eminem’s arm somehow ended up in the witch’s butt. No further explanation is given. DeeDee with the nice butt is still trying to prove the urban legend of the Hip-Hop witch is true.

The movie ends with a bunch of camera shots and the Hip-Hop witch’s identity is revealed. Spoiler alert. It’s Vanilla Ice.

While DeeDee was never able to prove her urban legend true (apparently she was eaten by Vanilla Ice as he screamed “Ice, Ice, Baby” incoherently into the camera), we can assure you that Da Hip Hop Witch does indeed exist. Just don’t say her name three times in the dark or you can guess what happens.

Ask Eminem.

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Rick Ross, Lil Wayne Confirmed For ‘Creed II’ Soundtrack

Mike Will Made IT confirms Rick Ross and Lil Wayne for the Creed II soundtrack, which is set for a November 21 release, Creed II is the sequel to 2015’s Creed — a Golden Globe Award-winning film directed by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler.

Mike Will Made IT confirmed the appearances on his verified Twitter and personal text with Rozay.

Creed II is slated for theaters alongside the soundtrack November 21.

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Fans Sign Petition To Get Red And Meth Back On Board With ‘How High 2’

Earlier this year, it was reported that a sequel to the 420-inspired classic flick How High would be in production, however, after several reports, it’s been confirmed that the stars of the original cult classic film are not slated to appear in part 2.

Even with the new co-stars such as RHOA‘s NeNe Leakes, DC Young Fly, Lil Yachty and Lil Baby, it’s still the fans’ longing to see and hear the antics of How High’s original stars, Redman and Method Man.

A petition has been started on Care2, calling for Red and Meth to re-join the new cast and continue the film’s production, which is slated for release in January 2019.

The petition calls for MTV and How High director Bruce Leddy to bring back the hilarious duo.

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L.A. Reid, Hitco Team & Pilgrim Media Group Link to Change the Face of Music TV

L.A. Reid and Charles Goldstuck of Hitco Entertainment are partnering with Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Media Group to develop and produce a music-focused television business that will be distributed across multiple platforms. As apart of their vision, the two companies already have two production projects in the works. One of the projects is an untitled documentary project about Atlanta’s Black music scene, that L.A. Reid helps push into the forefront with LaFace Records in the early 90’s. The documentary will include L.A. Reid, himself, along with other credible Atlanta artists such as TLC, Usher, Ludacris, Gucci Mane, Migos, and more.

In addition, the two companies are planning production for a music competition program called ‘Take The Lead’, that aims to build the next major act in music.

Reid and Goldstuck expressed their excitement in teaming up with Piligian:

“We’re beyond thrilled to partner with Craig and the innovative content creators at Pilgrim. Given their diverse portfolio of programming and Craig’s unparalleled experience as an industry pioneer, we’re looking forward to the launch of our television business, which we see as a continuation of our many years of experience developing and producing cross-platform content.”

Simultaneously, Piligian returned much of the same eagerness about his new partnership with Reid and Goldstuck and said, “In all respects, L.A. and Charles have each made a tremendous impact on music. We are excited to be working with them to push the boundaries of the music programming genre with these projects and more to come.”

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