Who TRUE-LY needs a biography movie in hip-hop (Part 1)
For as long as were waiting for the Tupac biography film “All Eyez on Me” to come out, talks are dry right now regarding what other artists should get their own biography. Obviously there are many artists that have earned the status of superstar, and the right to be recognized on a mainstream film. With the satisfaction of his biography being as controversial as his career was when he was here, “All Eyez on Me” pretty much takes the cake on anticipated biographies that were long overdue. There are a lot of other artists who we would love to see who have had enough incidents throughout their careers to keep us in our seats in the theater, and ups and downs that we all grew up with and would love to see put on film.
Lets take a look as some of the biggest artists who have definitely earned a biography, or at least an episode of Unsung.
Jay Z – Though Hov has tried so very hard to stay out of the limelight, his lyrical talent and business moves have made the limelight inevitable. Many of us know the story of Jay, and how he sold drugs initially, to making a transition into the music business and creating an independent label that has become the blueprint for artists today. Certain scenes would have to be included in a Jay Z biography, or the story wouldn’t be right. It would be good to see the progress in Jay going from hustling in Marcy and Trenton to working with Jaz-O and building his craft to the stories of Hov and Dehaven. The side story of how Memphis Bleek came into play with the track “Coming of Age”. Fans want to know about the first interaction with him and Dame Dash, and how they became business partners with 2 totally different approaches. Then, we can fast forward to the creation of Rocawear, Rocnation, The 40/40 Club, The Barclays Center, and hit every note that people want to hear about within Jay’s career. Of course, Beyoncé would play a major role in the film. From the days of when they hid their dating status, to the admissions in 4:44. MJ at Summer Jam, Obama on the text, fans are anxious to know where those situations come from.
Ice Cube – A man that has been on every side of culture. From being in the #1 hated group by the FBI, to dissing that group, to creating classic hood films, to kid films and an acting career. Ice Cube is one of the most underrated artists and entrepreneurs in the hip hop game. I think fans would love a bio on Cube, even though we got a small segment of him in “Straight Outta Compton”. I think this bio can skip to after he left NWA. How his film career started with the “Higher Learning” movie is something very important, bringing him into the world of film. We want to know how the script of “Friday” came about, or “Barbershop”, along with other classic films he has written and starred in. His lowkey beef with Common and how that initiated would need to be covered in at least a scene or 2. I think the biggest lesson in an Ice Cube biography would be to never judge a book by its cover. Even someone as hardcore as the Ice Cube early on can progress to being a responsible father and director who makes the best of kids movies. We would no doubt have to throw in there one of his biggest accomplishments in the sports world, The BIG 3 league, where he is again challenging the norms of society.
Wu- Tang Clan – One of the biggest (literally, head count wise) hip hop groups of all time. A group of 9, which has never been done before, and probably wont be done again. All of them with options to sign solo deals, which is a first for a hip hop group. The Wu Tang following is one of the biggest we have ever seen, that goes unnoticed often. Fans want to know how RZA, GZA, and ODB from Brooklyn ended up meeting up with Ghostface, Raekwon, and the rest of the Wu in Staten Island. They could remake the scene where the name and persona of the group was invented. How they initiated the “aka” in hip hop, and incorporated kung fu flicks, single handedly making them a hot commodity in the hip hop community. Important scenes like ODB storming the Grammy stage and grabbing the mic would be mandatory. We would have to mention how Method Man got to be chosen as the stand out star initially, and how he hooked up with Redman for basically a whole other group. Wu Tang’s biography would be one of the most watched, no doubt.
Lil Wayne – What’s crazy is, Lil Wayne’s career starts so early, we would have to go back to his childhood to begin the movie. We have heard the story of how he accidently shot himself at a young age, and was saved by a police officer, now we want to see it on screen. Weezy fans are anxious to know how he initially hooked up with Baby and Slim, and when Cash Money was formed. Then, there was 2008, when everything was all about “Wayne’s World”. The bio would no doubt have to include how he was introduced to Drake, and how their business relationship started. Also, how he met Nicki Minaj and built her to superstar status. If we have the ups, we would also need to include the downs, scenes of his court appearances, and his time spent in prison for gun charges. The infamous story of how Drake slept with his girl while he was in prison would need to be included. A Lil Wayne bio would have a lot more action and drama than one would think.
PART 2 WILL BE BACK AFTER THESE MESSAGES…