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‘American Gangster’ Series Prequel In Development

A prequel series to Ridley Scott’s 2007 ‘American Gangster” is currently in development stages according to Chris Brancato, the co-creator of the Netflix hit, Narco’s.

“It’s Harlem, the 1960s, a gangster named Bumpy Johnson was very close friends with Malcom X, so the show is about the collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement. It’s an opportunity to examine some of the things that are going on racially right now, but through the prism of the past.”

The series is set five years before the events of the Ridley Scott film starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

Source: ‘Screen Daily

Beneficence Reveals Heavyweight Line-up For His Seventh Album

It was back in May when Beneficence took to Instagram to announce he was working on a new project which will be entirely produced by Confidence, the Boston beatsmith who has a solid history of churning out bangers for the Ill Adrenaline label.

Beneficence recently put out an update and from the sound of it, things seem to be progressing very nicely indeed. Already 80 percent through the recording of what will be his seventh album, it looks like we are on for a late January 2018 release, but there’s still a possibility that Christmas might come early for the fans.

Confirmed guest spots so far include, Keith Murray, Masta Ace, EL Da Sensei & DJ Kaos, Ras Kass, Phantasm (of The Dwellas), Melinda Camille, Lord Tariq, Wordsworth and Truth Enola….Stay tuned.

Mobb Deep’s Prodigy Dead at 42

The rapper Prodigy, who made up one half of the group Mobb Deep, has died aged 42. The hip hop star, whose real name is Albert Johnson, was on tour in Las Vegas performing with the “Art of Rap” tour alongside Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T, amongst others. Mobb Deep performed Saturday.

Source: Prodigy dead: Mobb Deep rapper dies aged 42 | The Independent

It’s been long known that P had been suffering from life threatening sickle cell anaemia, but news like this still rocks you to your core. Another hip hop icon taken from us far too young. Rest easy Prod.

Joe Budden Grills Lil Yachty, But Isn’t Happy With His “Media trained” Responses

Seems as if Lil Boat just can’t escape the critical spotlight. This time it’s Joe Budden who gives him a grilling over the creative process behind his very bizarre album cover.

“A noticeably agitated Joe Budden took Lil Yachty to task on Complex’s new talk show, Everyday Struggle, where he sat down with Yachty, DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis to discuss a range of topics, including Yachty’s controversial album cover for Teenage Emotions. On the cover, Lil Boat is photographed at a movie theater with several “outcasts” surrounding him — an overweight girl, a punk rocker, two gay men, an albino, and a woman with vitiligo. When the Atlanta native explains how he can identify with feeling like an outcast, Budden clearly takes issue with it and immediately calls his claim “bullshit.”

As much as I agree with Joe, and I hate the current mumble rap direction hip hop is taking, I can’t help but feel that this kind of public interrogation will only backfire. The kids seem to like this shit and us old school heads are going to have to find another way to pass on our precious hip hop torch.

Source: Joe Budden Calls Out Lil Yachty’s “Bullshit” On “Everyday Struggle” | HipHopDX

Jay Z Follows In 50 Cent’s Footsteps As He Lands TV and film deal

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay Z has signed an exclusive first-look film and television production deal with The Weinstein Company.

The two-year contract will see Jay Z, notch up more production credits to add to his others that include, Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” and Chris Rock’s “Top Five”. With the rise of Jay’s multimedia empire, Roc Nation, TV and film seems a natural progression.

Hov released a statement on the new deal, saying, “I’m excited to tell stories from real-life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight. Harvey and David are visionaries both of whom have done this time and time again. I’m already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to discovering others.”

According to the announcement, there are already projects in the works that will be announced in the following weeks. I think the transition from rhyming to film making is a wise move for Jay. His status as an emcee will inevitably wean with the 2 second attention span of today’s youth. Probably be wise to go out gracefully and leave his throne to one of his understudies.

Ruthless Legacy: Jerry Heller Dead At 75

Former Ruthless records manager Jerry Heller has died at 75 years old. At around 7:30 AM PST — Heller passed away after suffering some sort of medical emergency while driving in Ventura County on Friday just before noon.  Apparently he was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after his car slammed into a van.  It is still not fully understood if he died as a direct result of his injuries or some other medical complications.

Jerry Heller, was both loved and loathed in equal measure. Always the controversial figure, the very mention of his name conjured up images of the typical greedy record executive. Regardless of the controversy, his tenacity and vision helped propel Eazy-E and N.W.A. to the highest heights of stardom, changing the hip hop landscape forever.

I always found Jerry’s interviews facinating and very informative. He always came across as a likeable rogue, and he always told his stories in enthusiastic detail. There is no doubt that hip hop has lost one of it’s most intriguing and enduring characters.

R.I.P Jerry

NWA Biopic To Hit Cinemas 2015

 Universal announced that Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about gangsta rap pioneers NWA, will finally get a release date after years in development. Since the announcement there has been a lot of speculation and questions about what NWA fans and moviegoers can expect, with a main focus on who is set to play the group member roles. It was initially reported that Eric Wright Jr, the son of NWA rapper Eazy-E was unhappy not to have been cast in his fathers role, as the task has since been handed over to up coming actor Jason Mitchell The roles of Dr Dre and Cube have also been filled since director F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job) held an open casting call for the film back in April.  Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr, is slated to play the role of his dad, with Corey Hawkins, who had a bit part in Iron Man 3, playing rapper/producer Dr Dre. The roles of MC Ren and DJ Yella are yet to be cast.