After staying in the news the entire summer for his unconventional promotion of his prolific DONDA album, Kanye West has now offered up a teaser trailer of his Netflix-powered documentary Jeen-Yuhs, a three part series that focuses on the last two decades of West’s career.
The trailer features a short snippet with Yeezy and Brooklyn slang spitter Mos Def rocking their verses from their collabo track “Two Words” back in 2002. Co-directed by Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah, who directed some of Ye’s early videos, Jeen-Yuhs zeros in on West’s run for POTUS and the impact of the death of Kanye’s mother, Donda West.
Janet Jackson has shared the first look into her two-night, four-hour documentary event, JANET. The documentary will premiere cross-network on Lifetime & A&E in January 2022.
The teaser trailer highlights never before seen clips from her career and outtakes with close friends and collaborators like Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, her brother Tito Jackson and Whyley Yoshimura one of her longtime dancers.
“This is my story told by me. Not through someone else’s eyes,” Jackson said at the end of the trailer. Janet and her brother Randy are executive producers on the project.
With full, unprecedented access to the global icon, JANET is an intimate, honest, and unfiltered look at her untold story. The producers were allowed exclusive access to archival footage and Janet’s never before seen home videos, along with star-studded interviews to create the definitive story on Janet Jackson.
JANET is produced for Lifetime and A&E by Workerbee (a Banijay UK company) and co-produced by AEC (Associated Entertainment Corporation). Executive Producer for Workerbee is Rick Murray. Ben Hirsch serves as Director. Brie Miranda Bryant serves as Executive Producer for A&E networks.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.”