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Nas Demands A Second Look At His Album With A Stunning Short Film (Video)

Released this June 15, Nas' NASIR album is unique within his catalog. It is the legendary MC's shortest project, clocking in at less than 27 minutes. It is also his first solo album made entirely with a single producer at the helm. For 2018, that was Kanye West, who worked... Read more

Martin Lawrence Confirms Bad Boys 3 With Will Smith & Details Surface About The Story

Fifteen years after Bad Boys II, a third film is cemented. For those anticipating Bad Boys For Life, this is not the first time they have heard this. Back in mid-2015, fans were promised a third and fourth installment in the action-comedy franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. With... Read more

Spice 1 Reveals He Was Considered For The Role Of O-Dog In “Menace II Society” (Video)

Spice 1 was a driving force in 1993's Menace II Society soundtrack. Released on Jive Records, the platinum-certified compilation opens with Spice's "Trigga Gots No Heart." The E-A-Ski and CMT-produced song became a single from the audio companion to Allen and Albert Hughes' film. Spice's longtime collaborator MC Eiht followed... Read more

Cypress Hill Are Ready To Tell Their Story On THEIR Terms & They Need Help (Video)

Less than one month ago, Cypress Hill released its first album in eight years. With live musicians, recording sessions in Egypt, and years of cultivation, Elephants On Acid puts the production reigns back in group co-founder DJ Muggs' hands. The results are a psychedelic-drenched affair from B-Real, Sen Dog, Eric... Read more

John Singleton Reveals He Wanted N.W.A. To Star In Boyz N The Hood

Thirty years ago today, on August 8, 1988, the N.W.A. released its proper debut album, Straight Outta Compton. Bursting onto the scene with rawness and aggression fueled by the Reagan-era Compton climate and lifestyle, Ni**az Wit' Attitudes presented an LP that would shape the sound and narrative in Rap for... Read more

RZA’s New Movie Is A Perfect Storm Of Hip-Hop Film Stars & OG Actors (Video)

Wu-Tang Clan's Abbott has been a longtime film director. The RZA's past credits include 2012's The Man With The Iron Fists, and last year's Love Beats Rhymes. This past weekend, the accomplished producer, MC, and entertainment mogul premiered the trailer to his third film, Cut Throat City. RZA screened the... Read more

Black Thought, Snoop & Slug Buy Out Theater Screenings For Sorry To Bother You

Boots Riley’s directorial debut, Sorry To Bother You is in theaters now. Collaborators and peers from Boots' Rap career have become major supporters of the film in different ways. Black Thought, Snoop Dogg, and Atmosphere's Slug bought out showings in their respective areas, offering free tickets to fans, to ensure... Read more

A New Film Will Show The Conspiracy & Cover Up Of Who Shot Biggie (Video)

Yesterday (May 21), The Notorious B.I.G. would have turned 46 years old. Due to violence and tragedy, that never got to happen. On March 9, 1997, 24-year-old Christopher Wallace was fatally shot in a drive-by outside The Peterson Auto Museum in Los Angeles, California. While Biggie's murder remains unsolved, there... Read more

John Witherspoon Says He & Chris Tucker Were Only Paid $5K For Friday (Video)

At present, there are discussions about the possibility of a fourth and final film in the Friday franchise, Last Friday. One year ago, Friday co-writer DJ Pooh told Drink Champs that the film script is in the works, “Me and [Ice] Cube haven’t worked together in a while, but we’re... Read more

Donald Glover’s Deadpool Script Takes Down Racism, Police Violence, Gossip & More

Donald Glover co-created the most-watched comedy on FX during its 23 years as a network. In addition to Atlanta, which is currently in the midst of broadcasting its second season, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Glover (and his TV partner/brother Stephen) were working on an animated Deadpool series for the... Read more

Black Panther Is The Highest-Grossing Superhero Film Of All Time In US

Five weeks ago, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther opened in theaters. The 18th film in the Marvel universe is breaking records that go well beyond its comic company. This weekend, the film starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong'o, earned a distinguished place as the highest-grossing superhero film of... Read more

The Coup’s Boots Riley’s Debut Film Looks Like It May Be 2018’s Breakout Movie (Video)

For 25 years, Boots Riley has injected satire into his social, political, and racial commentary into the music of The Coup. In a celebrated catalog, songs like "5 Million Ways To Kill A CEO," "Fat Cats Bigga Fish," and "Me And Jesus The Pimp In A '79 Grenada Last Night"... Read more

This Fast-Paced Documentary On 1977 NYC Shows Hip-Hop’s Playground (Video)

From The Get Down to The Deuce, 1970s New York City has become a recent beacon of pop culture inspiration. At the time, the Big Apple seemed defined by countercultures. Within the five boroughs, politics, sex, crime, and the fight for equal rights would help shape critical advancements in music,... Read more

Ice-T Reveals New Jack City Sequel Plot & Why The Film Was Never Made (Audio)

In March of 2016, Ambrosia For Heads celebrated New Jack City's 25th anniversary by examining its creation and legacy with revealing interviews with two men responsible (Barry Michael Cooper and Thomas Lee-Wright) for the film's story, development, and unforgettable characters. One of those conversations, an interview with film screenwriter Barry... Read more

Action Bronson To Star Alongside Pacino, De Niro & Pesci In Upcoming Scorsese Film

Queens, New York's Action Bronson is definitely no stranger to the camera. In fact, some could argue that the onetime underground MC gained mainstream recognition as an entertainer, crafting a double life as a lyricist by day and charismatic celebrity icon by night. Bam Bam is currently the star of... Read more

Get Out, Jordan Peele & Daniel Kaluuya Receive Oscar Nominations (Video)

The 90th Academy Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, March 4 from Hollywood, California's Dolby Theater. Given this morning's (January 23) nominations announcing, Oscar night promises to be exciting, especially for fans of Jordan Peele's Get Out. The thriller examining inter-race relations behind closed doors is up for four Oscar... Read more

Superfly Is Being Remade & Future Will Curate The New Soundtrack

1972's Superfly is an important film for many. Gordon Parks, Jr.'s followed in his famed father's footsteps after 1971's Shaft. Whereas "John Shaft" was a private investigator, Superfly focused on the other side of the game. Ron O'Neal's portrayal of "Youngblood Priest," a cocaine dealer trying to exit the illegal... Read more

Master P’s Documentary Tells The Real Story Of No Limit. Here’s The Trailer (Video)

In March of 1998, No Limit Records purchased the contract of Snoop Dogg from Death Row Records. It was a landmark move in a time when veteran Hip-Hop stars like LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C., A Tribe Called Quest, Scarface, and Cypress Hill were franchise artists that stayed attached to the... Read more

Dame Dash Clarifies Reports Of Smacking Harvey Weinstein In The Past (Video)

Two different November Cam'ron verses have unearthed two very controversial stories. His mixtape The Program begins with an intro that reignited longstanding tensions between Cam' and Ma$e. "It's Killa" told a 1997 story that, at least according to Cam'ron, is the reason that Ma$e left a multi-platinum music career for a... Read more

Michael Rapaport Reveals Tupac, Leo & More Were Part Of The Original “Higher Learning” Cast (Video)

Michael Rapaport's acting career goes back nearly 30 years. In an array of roles, one of his most memorable is that of 1995's Higher Learning. In the John Singleton film about college and diversity, Rapaport played "Remy," a student who transforms into a skinhead. However, that role was first attached... Read more

Get Out Is Classified As A Comedy For Awards Season & Jordan Peele Is Not Laughing

2017 film Get Out won over critics and audiences alike. Jordan Peele's film debut with a $4.5 million budget grossed more than $250 million, worldwide. Approaching awards season, the movie starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Bradley Whitford was submitted to the Golden Globes, in the "Best Motion Picture - Musical... Read more

The Roots Want To Score The Star-Studded New Lion King Remake

UPDATE: Following this month's news of a 2019 Lion King remake by Disney, Questlove says The Roots crew want to be down. With an exciting cast in place (as reported below), Quest believes his band makes perfect sense to score the film. On social media, the Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer, producer, DJ, and... Read more

Russell Simmons To Make A Film About Def Jam’s Unsung Hero: T La Rock

Before LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, a fledgling Def Jam Recordings had another MC in mind for its legendary path: T La Rock. Brother to Treacherous Three MCs member Special K, the Manhattan-born, Bronx—raised MC (aka Clarence Ronnie Keaton) would work with Rick Rubin and DJ Jazzy Jay (pioneering... Read more

Actor Bernie Casey Of “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Revenge Of The Nerds” & More Passes Away

The entertainment world is mourning the death of actor and former professional athlete, Bernie Casey. On Tuesday (September 19), Casey passed away at the age of 78 while being treated for an unknown illness at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Casey starred in a number of cult classics in multiple... Read more

Spike Lee & Jordan Peele’s New Movie Tells The True Story Of A Black Man Who Joined The KKK

When it comes to films about modern race relations in America, there may be no greater filmmakers than Spike Lee and Jordan Peele. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee and Peele are teaming up to create a joint film project titled Black Klansman. The film will be directed by Lee... Read more

J. Cole Is Executive Producing A Rather Unique Coming Of Age Documentary (Video)

J. Cole has written many songs about growing up in North Carolina and later moving to New York City as an adult. Cole, who was born in Germany, is gifted in showing unique perspectives on culture through his revealing writing. Songs like "Ville Mentality" and "A Tale Of 2 Citiez"... Read more

Queen Latifah & Jada Pinkett Smith Set It Off Again At The Box Office With “Girls Trip”

Films by Black directors, screenwriters, and casts continue to prove that diverse voices are Hollywood gold. With Straight Outta Compton, Hidden Figures, Moonlight, and Get Out still fresh in our memories, Girls Trip is continuing the recent streak of Black cinema breaking records, winning awards, and driving the conversation about diversity in film. Starring Queen Latifah, Jada... Read more

J. Period Celebrates 35 Years Of Hip-Hop Soundtracks With A Mega Playlist (Audio)

Hip-Hop Heads can count on DJ and producer J. Period to curate consistently inventive and entertaining playlists devoted to all aspects of the culture, beyond just the music. From his work on the Hamilton mixtape, which bridged the worlds of Rap and Broadway, to his legacy playlists celebrating the musical footprints of... Read more

Snoop Details How He Recruited An All-Star Cast Of 70s Black Actors For “Doggy Dogg World” (Video)

On the latest GGN episode hosted by Snoop Dogg, Jidenna joins Tha Doggfather to break down his style and influences. As a result, Jidenna is also treated to an account of the making of one of Snoop's most memorable music videos. This part of the conversation starts around 16:00. When... Read more

Regina King Aims To Make Dana Dane’s “Cinderfella” Into A Film

Veteran Brooklyn, New York MC Dana Dane is revered as one of Hip-Hop's pioneering storytellers. Along with Slick Rick, Ice-T, Kool G Rap, Dane represented a mid-1980s crop of MCs who used their words to create expanded narratives that grabbed listeners. A member of the Kangol Crew, one of Dana... Read more

Tupac Shakur’s Formative Years: The Young Man Before The Myth (Video)

"I loved my childhood, even though it was bad. I love it. I feel like it's taught me so much. Nothing can faze me. Nothing in this world can surprise me. It might set me back, but only momentarily can it set me back. I think it's helped me to... Read more

Watch The Troubling Alternate Ending To Get Out (Video)

2017's Get Out not only raised the bar for how a horror film should perform at a box office, but also its place in the cultural zeitgeist. Featuring none of the gore, kitsch, or apparitions of juggernaut classics of the genre like the Halloween series and The Shining, the Jordan Peele-directed film was understated... Read more

Tyrese Says A ‘Baby Boy’ Sequel Is Coming & John Singleton May Be Involved

In 2001, Academy Award-winning director John Singleton, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Omar Gooding, Snoop Dogg, Ving Rhames, and others delivered Baby Boy. The film was a coming-of-age tale set in South Central Los Angeles that followed the lives of Jody and Yvette, a couple (played by Gibson and Henson, respectively)... Read more

DJ Pooh Confirms “Last Friday” Is Happening. He Also Defends Chris Tucker’s Exit (Video)

DJ Pooh is a legendary Hip-Hop mix-master and producer who has made hits with Ice Cube, King T, LL Cool J, Tha Dogg Pound and Snoop, plus Tupac Shakur. However, measuring success, the West Coast Hip-Hop pioneer may be best known for co-writing Friday. Also a highly-accomplished director and an... Read more

Muhammad Ali Will Be the Subject of Ken Burns’ Newest Documentary Series

Earlier this week, Brother Ali expressed his belief that more of America's Muslims should be identified by and celebrated in the media, particularly in an era when Islamophobia is so present in the U.S. He mentioned Muhammad Ali by name, calling him a leader whose role as a Black Muslim... Read more

Rock Star: Pharrell’s Childhood Story To Be Adapted Into Major Film Musical

Long before he donned some pretty memorable accessories, Pharrell Williams wore many hats. Fifteen years ago, emerging from hit-production duo The Neptunes, the Virginia Beach native built a full-on Rock force with N*E*R*D, he established his Star Trak label (which was hard at work with The Clipse, Fam-Lay, and Roscoe... Read more

J. Cole’s New Documentary Aims to Give a Voice Back to the People (Video)

In true J. Cole fashion, he released his most recent LP without much pomp. 4 Your Eyez Only arrived quietly in December of 2016, but the response was emphatic, debuting at number one and becoming his fourth consecutive number-one album. In the months since, he's maintained a low profile, focusing... Read more

Bad Boy Records Documentary To Debut At Tribeca Film Festival With Reunion Concert

Just over one week ago, Warren G's G-Funk documentary screened at South By Southwest. Another major Rap development of the early 1990s, Bad Boy Records will be the next Hip-Hop doc' to hit screens this season. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, directed by Daniel Kaufman is scheduled... Read more

Let Your Soul Glow, Again. Eddie Murphy Is Writing Coming To America Sequel

Throughout his career, Eddie Murphy launched several film franchises. First it was 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop. Later, it was The Nutty Professor, Dr. Doolittle, and Shrek. It appears now that Eddie will reprise one of his most beloved, critically acclaimed, and downright funny roles (as "Prince Akeem Joffer")... Read more

Before Mahershala Ali Had Gold Statues He Had Golden Bars (Audio)

Last night (February 26), Mahershala Ali made history as the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award to win an Oscar. He took home the gold as Best Supporting Actor for his work as Juan in Moonlight, but longtime fans know that his success did not happen overnight. He... Read more

A New Documentary Shows Rap Has Been Around For More Than 70 Years (Video)

Ron "Amen Ra" Lawrence may not be a household name producer, but he's made hits that many know. The Dominica-born, Queens, New York-raised producer is an integral part of Puff Daddy's Hitmen collective at Bad Boy, with credits on Biggie Smalls' "Hypnotize," Puffy's "Been Around The World," and The LOX's... Read more

This Documentary Portrays Zion I As An Enduring Underground Hip Hop Voice (Video)

Zion I is one of the only Underground Hip-Hop artists who were active in the DIY 1990s and remain so today. Like Talib Kweli, Dilated Peoples, and Atmosphere, and a few others, Oakland, California-based Zion I has stayed the course and remained true to their messages and platform in the... Read more

A New Documentary Is Bringing Biggie Smalls To Life After Death

Next month, two major milestones in the life and career of The Notorious B.I.G. will take center stage in the Hip-Hop community. March 9 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Brooklyn MC's death, while the 25th marks the same for his sophomore solo LP, Life After Death. As one... Read more

Nas To Executive Produce “Street Dreams” Biographical Television Series

Approaching 21 years after he made his second album, It Was Written with top single "Street Dreams," these titles remain powerful statements in the life and career of Nas. After production and writing involvement in recent Netflix series The Get Down as well as film The Land (and its corresponding... Read more

Roxanne’s Revenge: Roxanne Shanté’s Biopic Causes A Bidding War

More than one week ago (January 22), the biopic of MC Roxanne Shanté, Roxanne Roxanne, screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Shanté, Pharrell Williams, and Forest Whitaker, the film starring Mahershala Ali and Nia Long traces the story of the prodigious Juice Crew member born Lolita Gooden, and her... Read more

Bell, Biv & DeVoe Reveal New Edition’s Fights Were Even Worse In Real Life (Video)

This week, the story of New Edition was told by way of a three-night film mini-series. The lives of Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, and Johnny Gill are forever bound together. Collectively, there are valleys and peaks, intersections and ejections, and tons of incredible music. The New... Read more

Roxanne Shanté’s Biopic Shows Hip-Hop History Is Incomplete Without Her Story

In 2015, the film Straight Outta Compton took N.W.A.'s story and projected it on not only film screens, but the mainstream consciousness. For a group of Gangsta Rap pioneers on an independent label, the record-setting film eclipsed the commercial success ever available to Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren,... Read more

Louie Anderson Details How An Act Of Kindness Landed His Role In Coming To America (Video)

Twenty nine years ago, Eddie Murphy struck gold when he made Coming To America. The romantic comedy has endured as a classic, thanks to a number of roles taken on by Murphy. One of Hollywood's top earners and top draws of the day, Eddie was surrounded by a cast of... Read more

Stephen Colbert’s New Trailer Shows What To Expect From “Hidden Fences” (Video)

Amidst the excitement over Golden Globe wins from Viola Davis, Donald Glover, and Tracee Ellis Ross and projects like Atlanta, Fences, and Moonlight, some are sensing that Hollywood's long history of overlooking African-American storytelling in film and television may be nearing its end. However, there still remains a general sense... Read more

Meagan Good Is Reprising Pam Grier’s Role As “Foxy Brown”

More than 40 years since Foxy Brown was released to theaters, the film continues to permeate popular culture. Pam Grier's  portrayal of the fearless Black heroine who avenges her husband's wrongful death has inspired a Quentin Tarantino homage, a Rap moniker for Inga Marchand, and an iconic Willie Hutch film... Read more