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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...
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Ice-T Slams Modern Hip-Hop Music

September 19th, 2011 1:27pm EDT
Ice-T
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...
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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 ...
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Why Are So Many Rappers Acting?

August 27th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Hancock
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...
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A Quick Look At Some Top Rap Feuds

August 22nd, 2008 9:12am EDT
Eminem
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...
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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...
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EA Games To Release 'Skate,' The Ultimate Boarding Game, In September

July 25th, 2007 11:18am EDT
Skate
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...
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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
N.W.A.
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 ...
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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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