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Director F. Gary Gray Launches Casting Call To Find His N.W.A. Cast

June 20th, 2012 4:51pm EDT
F. Gary Gray
Moviemaker F. Gary Gray has begun his casting search for a new biopic about groundbreaking gangsta rap group N.W.A. - and he is inviting all hip-hops fans and wannabe actors to compete for the leading roles.

Announcing an open casting call via Twitter.com, the director of The Italian Job is on the look out for a young Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and MC Ren.

Gray wants anyone between the ages of 18 and 25, who bears a resemblance to the rap icons, to consider trying out for the film and he is asking hopefuls to send video auditions to him.

The tweet suggests Gray has moved on from the id...

Ice-T Slams Modern Hip-Hop Music

September 19th, 2011 1:27pm EDT
Veteran rapper Ice-T is disappointed by the quality of modern hip-hop music and fears younger charts stars are just writing songs about "jewelry and cars."

The rapper/actor, who began his music career in the 1980s, is adamant the next generation of hip-hop wannabes should go back to their roots and rap about issues that matter, rather than focusing on trivia in their lyrics.

He tells Vibe magazine, "I want to see some little motherf**kers get together like a Public Enemy and give these fools a wake up call like, "F**k this jewelry and cars bulls**t,' and bring it back to Armageddon! Do...

Ice Cube Planning N.W.A. Biopic

May 11th, 2011 9:56pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rap and movie mogul Ice Cube has confirmed reports of a planned biopic about his groundbreaking former group N.W.A.

The "It Was a Good Day" hitmaker fronted the original gangsta rap act with Dr. Dre and admits he's working on a new film about "the world's most dangerous group."

He says, "I think N.W.A. changed a lot in pop culture and people should see how we started, how the neighborhood we came from created N.W.A. and then N.W.A. changed the neighborhoods we come from. It's definitely a story that needs to be told."

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'Detox' Will Be Dr. Dre's Last Album

November 22nd, 2010 4:30pm EST
Dr. Dre
Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre will retire as a rapper after the long-awaited release of Detox next year.

The former N.W.A. star has been working on his third solo project for over a decade and it will reportedly hit music retailers in February after a string of delays. Dre admits he struggled to complete the disc because at 45, he fears he's losing touch with his younger fans.

He tells the upcoming issue of XXL Magazine, "The only part that has been pushing me back is just the fact that I'm getting older... I can incorporate other artists, new artists with this record, to say some of the things ...

'Dear Slim' - An Open Rhyme To Eminem

June 3rd, 2009 12:11pm EDT
Dear Slim,

I'm writing this on behalf of many fans,

who once upon a time believed that you were it - the Man.

In 99' I heard "My Name Is" for the very first time,

and instantly believed it was the most entertaining rhyme,

That I'd heard since Busta Rhymes, back in 97',

but I leap-frogged you ahead of a ton of rappers- to maybe top eleven.

I was so friggin sure that you were the genuine article,

that I jammed out to your album way more than Wyclef's Carnival.

Gimmicks aside (and forget the potty humor), whenever your name was mentioned I wo...

Ice Cube Tapped For New TV Role

October 31st, 2008 9:50pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper Ice Cube, who once urged N.W.A. fans to "F--- Tha Police," is now set to create a cop comedy show on TV. The hip-hop star-turned-actor has been hired to write and produce a new TV sitcom by executives at NBC.

Studio chairman Ben Silverman confirms the network aggressively pursued the star to fill the role - and hopes he will make a cameo appearance on his own show.

Silverman says: "As we continue to expand our roster of diverse talent both on camera and behind the camera, a guy like Ice Cube, who's multi-talented, is someone we really wanted to be in business with. He's had...

Cypress Hill To Team Up With Ex-Rival Ice Cube

October 27th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Cypress Hill
Rap icons Cypress Hill and Ice Cube are eager to show they've buried their feud for good - by collaborating on a track for the hip-hop group's next album.

The two artists fell out in the 1990s when Cypress Hill accused the former NWA rapper of stealing a hook from one of their songs. They settled their differences in 1997, and now they are looking to work together in the studio.

Cypress Hill's B-Real says, "We reconciled the problem in '97 but still people have a lot of questions about it. So I figure it would be big to have him on the next Cypress Hill record."

The group ...

Ice Cube Open To Scarface Supergroup

October 8th, 2008 11:52am EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper Ice Cube has welcomed plans laid out by retiring hip-hop star Scarface to create a new supergroup with himself and Nas. The Houston, Texas star recently revealed he would be quitting rap after the release of his next album Emeritus, and he'd only consider a return to the studio if Ice Cube and Nas were to join him.

And the former N.W.A. star admits he'd be willing to give the rap supergroup idea a go.

He tells AllHipHop.com, "I wouldn't even think twice about doing that— hell yeah! I think the album would be crazy, lyrics would be sick, and hip-hop would love it. It's just ...

Why Are So Many Rappers Acting?

August 27th, 2008 11:46am EDT
This isn't to bash rappers, nor is it to say that these artists aren't allowed to pursue different paths in Hollywood. With so many prominent rappers acquiring roles in big movies though, it begs the question-why?

It's not as if rappers in movies are a new thing. In 1991, Mario Van Peebles cast Ice-T as a cop in "New Jack City," a film that is beloved by many. That same year, director John Singleton cast Ice Cube as a Los Angeles gangbanger in "Boyz N the Hood." These two movies helped open the floodgates for rappers to enter the world of acting.

Soon, Will Smith went from rap...

A Quick Look At Some Top Rap Feuds

August 22nd, 2008 9:12am EDT
The music industry has always thrived on fabricated competition to generate publicity; The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles vs. Elvis Presley, Madonna vs. Cyndi Lauper, Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam, and Jonas Brothers vs. Tokio Hotel, are all apt examples of this. In comparison to the examples given here however, competition is never more prevalent than in the Hip Hop arena. It is a platform where the verbal expression of ego driven beefs and putdowns have now become part of the art itself upon which success thrives. Whether recorded or done on video, it sets Rap music apart from a...

Suge Knight Loses Death Row Bid

June 25th, 2008 1:01pm EDT
Suge Knight
Hip-hop mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has lost his appeal against a ruling forcing him to sell off all assets from his fallen Death Row Records label. Knight, who first filed for bankruptcy in 2006 after the collapse of the company, was ordered by a California judge in May to liquidate the label at an auction this month.

He headed back to court on Tuesday-- when the sale was meant to take place-- to argue the order, but his motion was refused and the judge ordered him to press ahead with selling off the rights to the legendary label's back catalog.

The highest offer for the firm's ...

The Game Would Put Off Retirement For Compton Album

June 19th, 2008 11:11am EDT
The Game
The Game has cast doubt over his plans to retire from the rap game - insisting he would consider making a fourth album if he can get his former mentor Dr. Dre on board.

In recent months, the Dreams hitmaker has repeatedly declared he will quit his music career after the release of his new album LAX this summer.

Just last week, The Game - real name Jayceon Taylor - admitted he's had enough of life on the road and wants to dedicate more time to family matters.

But now the rapper appears to be changing his mind about hanging up the mic - if he can bring together several hip-hop ...

Dr. Dre's Mother To Release Memoirs

March 11th, 2008 2:24pm EDT
Dr. Dre
Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre's mother is set to release a book of memoirs revealing all about her son's rise to fame. In her upcoming tome Long Road Outta Compton, Verna Griffin documents her struggle from rags to riches, thanking her rapper son - real name Andre Young - for turning her life around.

The 58-year-old tells how she went from digging in the sofa in hope of finding coins to living in a multi-million dollar house and receiving a regular income courtesy of her Grammy-winning son.

But the star wasn't always the ideal son, and Griffin constantly worried about his close friendship...

FBI Urged N.W.A To Stop Recording

February 18th, 2008 8:49am EST
Federal agents officially asked rap pioneers N.W.A to stop recording after receiving a slew of complaints about their expletive-laden lyrics. In an essay written for Flaunt magazine, group co-founder Arabian Prince reveals he and bandmates Ice Cube and Eazy-E received letters from F.B.I. officials asking them to stop releasing hardcore rap music.

Prince - real name Mik Lezan - recalls, "(They told us) to stop recording such music... Upon our arrival at every airport terminal, we received a visit from the police reminding us not to use profanity onstage in their town, or face going to ...

Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

January 30th, 2008 9:33am EST
Michael Jackson Bad
When I first comprised this list, I had all the usual suspects: Thriller, Closer, Daydream Nation, Purple Rain - you know, the albums you see on every other top 10 list for the 80s.

I got about four or five albums when something told me to go back and actually listen to "Thriller" again, from start to finish. Then I listened to Bad¸ Michael Jackson's follow-up, and it became clear that record sales alone doesn't make an album the greatest. Don't believe me? How do you feel about Britney Spears' Oops...I Did it Again - no? You sure? All righty, then.

Yes, sometimes albums are great beca...

Ice Cube In Talks For Collaboration With Scarface & Nas

January 11th, 2008 11:58am EST
Ice Cube
Rapper/actor Ice Cube is planning a superstar collaboration with his hip-hop peers Scarface and Nas.

The former N.W.A. star admits they have yet to decide on the finer details, but a project with Scarface - an ex member of rap group The Geto Boys and the current president of the Def Jam South record label - is definitely in the works. And the star - real name O'Shea Jackson - hopes Nas will be involved in some way too.

He tells HHNLive.com, "We have been talking. Me and Scarface… and I think with Nas doing his release this year, we definitely can come up with something. Whether ...

Blues Singer Sues Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Tupac

January 2nd, 2008 6:30pm EST
Tupac Shakur
Blues singer Syl Johnson is suing stars including Michael Jackson, Will Smith and Tupac Shakur for copyright infringement, claiming they illegally sampled his song Different Strokes without giving him credit for the track.

The veteran star filed suit recently in an Illinois court, claiming Jackson's hit Blood on the Dance Floor, Smith's Who Stole the D.J. and the late Shakur's Peep Game all used his song - without paying for the rights to do so.

Johnson - real name Sylvester Thompson has also filed papers against the legendary rap group N.W.A. for their song Real N--gaz Don't Die,...

EA Games To Release 'Skate,' The Ultimate Boarding Game, In September

July 25th, 2007 11:18am EDT
Skate is the closest thing to skateboarding without actually putting your feet on a board. With innovative controls that take advantage of the dual analog sticks, the power of the next gen hardware, and the ability to sculpt tricks that define your own style, skate delivers an authentic boarding mecca like no other video game.

Individual style combined with physics-driven animations promise that no two tricks will ever be the same. And there's plenty of room to pull off those tricks – San Vanelona challenges you to explore, find, and own the best spots. You can even capture footage to...

Killers' Brandon Flowers Horrified By Ice Cube's Movies

July 11th, 2007 12:01pm EDT
Brandon Flowers
The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers was horrified when rapper Ice Cube turned from hip-hop pioneer to Hollywood actor, branding his move "hypocritical". The Las Vegas singer, 26, admires eighties rap collective N.W.A., which was founded by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

But Flowers admits his opinion of Ice Cube, real name O'Shea Jackson, has fallen considerably since watching the rapper's movies Are We There Yet?, Are We Done Yet? and Torque.

He says, "I don't necessarily have a problem with the culture of hip-hop, it's the hypocrisy of people within it I can't bare.

"Look at Ice Cu...

Dr. Dre Has A Lot Of Material To Choose From For New Album

April 9th, 2007 9:08am EDT
Dr. Dre
Rap mogul Dr. Dre is planning for his retirement with a vault full of unreleased magic, according to pal Busta Rhymes. As the world waits for the reclusive producer's delayed Detox album - his first release for six years - Rhymes reveals the rapper's biggest problem is deciding which tracks to release from his archive.

Rhymes admits Dre has a "vault" of impressive rap material dating all the way back to his N.W.A. beginnings that will become his legacy.

He says, "Dre got a big safe with a big combination lock. Unbelievable s**t is in that vault - over 20 years of shit from (late...

Ice Cube Is A Certified Architect

April 8th, 2007 5:00pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has a secret skill - he's a certified architect. The Friday star, who plays a hapless house fixer in new movie Are We Done Yet?, once studied architectural draft in Arizona while he was waiting for his rap career to take off.

He says, "When N.W.A. was first about to pop off I wasn't sure if I was gonna make a living at it... Cussin' on the radio? I didn't know if that was gonna bring me any money. So I ended up going to school in Phoenix and spending a year out there... (but) I haven't picked up my certificate since I got it. If you want me to draw you up a house...

N.W.A's 20th Anniversary Celebrated With "The Best Of N.W.A: The Strength Of Street Knowledge"

January 7th, 2007 10:00am EST
It has been 20 years since N.W.A. rocketed Straight Outta Compton to worldwide acclaim and notoriety as rap music's most powerful force, redefining forever the trajectory of popular music. On December 26, Capitol/Priority released The Best Of N.W.A: The Strength Of Street Knowledge, a commemorative career-spanning collection, in CD and deluxe edition CD/DVD packages. The CD includes 17 of N.W.A's most revolutionary tracks, while the deluxe edition CD/DVD contains more than two hours of N.W.A's best tracks, music videos and previously unreleased interview footage. Both packages include new ...

'Welcome To The Jungle' Is Best Song About LA

December 11th, 2006 10:57am EST
Guns N
Guns N' Roses' “Welcome To The Jungle” has topped a new poll to find the greatest song about Los Angeles. The 1987 hit beat NWA's “Straight Outta Compton” and The Eagles' “New Kid In Town” to claim the number-one spot in Blender magazine's 25 Greatest Songs About LA.

The top five are:

1. Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N' Roses

2. Straight Outta Compton - NWA

3. New Kid In Town - Eagles

4. Free Fallin' - Tom Petty

5. Malibu - Courtney Love

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

The Game Brings Out The Gangsta In Will.I.Am

November 5th, 2006 7:30pm EST
The Game
The Game has defended his decision to record his new album with Black Eyed Peas star Will.I.Am, insisting he brought the gangsta out in the hip-hop hitmaker.

Will.I.Am was the surprise choice to produce tracks on The Game's new album The Doctor's Advocate, but the rapper insists the collaboration made perfect sense to him.

He says, "People forget that Will was down with Ruthless (Records) back in the (NWA star) Eazy-E days, and he's a talented dude. Trust me, I brought back the gangsta side. Working with him really brought me to a place I haven't been in a long time. I could see...

Police Often Hound Ice Cube for Autographs

August 8th, 2006 9:31am EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube was shocked when he was run off stage by policemen while performing “F**K Tha Police” because the officers simply wanted his autograph. The star - real name O'Shea Jackson - frequently finds himself being hounded by star-struck cops.

The hitmaker recalls, "Back in '89, I was in Detroit with NWA, and the cops ran us off stage when we performed it. They detained us, then asked for autographs before they let us go. Just recently, I did an in-store performance in Los Angeles, and these two cops had their picture taken with me. They'd bought that record and lov...

Ice Cube Plans Third "Friday" Sequel With Chris Tucker

June 11th, 2006 7:00pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper/actor Ice Cube is hoping to complete his Friday movie series by convincing funnyman Chris Tucker to return to the franchise for a fourth film.

The former NWA star's trilogy, Friday, Next Friday and Friday After Next, have become cult hits - but he'll only make a fourth film if Rush Hour star Tucker, who starred in the first, returns to play Smokey.

Cube says, "I've been talking to Chris Tucker and he's showing some interest. It's just about having a meeting and making sure that he's really comfortable and wants to be a part of it."

(This news article provided by Wor...

Ice Cube Still Keen To Reunite With Dr Dre

June 10th, 2006 4:00pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper Ice Cube has laughed off reports he's fallen out with former NWA bandmate Dr Dre, insisting he would drop everything to work with the in-demand producer.

Rumours of a split circulated after a planned collaboration album fell through and Cube made his new CD, Laugh Now, Cry Later, a solo effort.

But the rap star states there's no bad blood between the pair; he simply grew tired of waiting for busy Dre to finish other projects and dedicate himself to his album.

He says, "If I had waited on Dre, I wouldn't have no songs done now. I couldn't wait. Dre is like the Wizard...

Ice Cube Worked Hard To Break Into Hollywood

June 6th, 2006 11:51am EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper Ice Cube struggled to break into Hollywood movies because he faced disapproval over his background from every corner of the film industry. The former NWA star believes he suffered prejudice from established studios and even experienced negativity from black people who believed he had sold out.

He says, "You're gonna face old Hollywood that wants to keep the status quo and then you'll face people who don't want you in the game because you're not a thespian - you even have your own people hating you in various ways."

Ice Cube made his movie debut in the acclaimed Compton, L...

Ice Cube Returns With New Album

February 7th, 2006 7:47pm EST
Ice Cube
Ice Cube makes his highly anticipated return to the mic with the debut of his seventh solo LP, titled "Laugh Now, Cry Later." Following the release of his greatest hits collection in 2001, the West Coast's Greatest Rap Lyrist is back again, bringing forth his best musical work to date. "Laugh Now, Cry Later," which will be released by Ice Cube's independently owned label, Lench Mob Records, will hit shelves worldwide on June 6th.

Boasting production from top level producers like Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Lil' Jon, and featuring guests Snoop Dogg and WC, Ice Cube looks to settle ba...

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