A biographical film about prolific hip-hop group N.W.A. is set to hit theaters next year! Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and director F. Gary Gray are teaming up to bring the film, aptly titled Straight Outta Compton, to audiences and introduce a new generation to the group’s mind-blowing music.
Opening on Broadway is the brand new musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me, featuring the music of Tupac Shakur. While the show draws inspiration from the late rapper’s lyrics and themes, it’s not actually related in anyway to Shakur’s own story. In fact, the show tells the stories of inner-city lives struggling to find peace. Even though the rapper’s life was rich enough for its own story, the show creators decided to tell a new story, similarly to a number of jukebox musicals before it.
Rock and roll is built on tall tales of larger than life figure who do it ALL! They play louder, party harder, live faster, and cram more into their years than we can hope to in even a dozen lifetimes. When these legends die, they live on through their famous escapades and most importantly through their music. But what if they live on for a totally different reason: they’re not actually dead in the first place?
Fathers are unspeakably important. Not only did they help create us all, but they have also inspired some of the greatest art in history. Unfortunately, a lot of that art was triggered by the dad being a total deadbeat -going heavy on the sauce, being an overbearing overweight chump, or stepping out for a pack of cigarettes and never coming back. Whatever the case, the music world owes more to terrible dads than to good ones, so this Fathers Day we’ve deicided to lovely offer up this playlist for people with daddy issues. See you all in therapy!
Back when Tupac Shakur (a.k.a. 2Pac) changed the game with 1991′s 2Pacalypse Now, fans probably weren’t thinking that his hard-hitting rhymes would one day take center stage in a Broadway show. Yet years after his death, Tupac’s music continues to resonate and has become the backbone of an upcoming theater production called Holler If Ya Hear Me.
It always hits fans hard when they lose beloved music artists, especially when the deaths come unexpectedly. Fortunately, artists have troves of tunes fans can sift through to remind them of the hits they love. But when we all can rally around new releases after the artists have passed away, there are times when we tend to flock to those final bits of music.
Biggie‘s friends and proteges referred to themselves as the Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Rick Ross is a self-proclaimed “Don.” When it comes to allusions to organized crime–both fictional and factual–we need look no further than the catalog of our favorite hip-hop act. Mob Wives: New Blood premieres tonight, and to get you prepared for what’s about to go down, we’re taking a look at some of the most memorable mob references in music.
Born Sinner and Yeezus have arrived officially. Today’s the day for the real thang, early leaked illegal downloads aside. And with all the talk of born sinners and Kanye as Jesus, we may need to attend tomorrow’s Wednesday night Bible Study. Read more…