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Quincy Jones gets Hands and Feet Immortalized at Chinese Theatre [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Music icon Quincy Jones made history Tuesday (November 27) by becoming the first composer to have his hands and feet enshrined at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

The 85-year-old legend was joined by his daughter Rashida Jones and a few of his close friends—Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Usher.

“Man…THIS is what you call family!! I can’t believe they all got up so early for me! ((:0))…Anyway, today was TRULY a special day, because I had the incredible honor of becoming the 1st composer to have his or her hand & footprints enshrined at The Chinese Theatre,” said Jones on his Instagram page.

Jones will be recognized for his illustrious career next Sunday, December 9 during a BET program titled Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones. The all-star salute will feature performances from Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Patti Austin, Gloria Estefan, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Gregory Porter, Gladys Knight, and others. It is also hosted by media maven and close friend—Oprah Winfrey.

Jones is also the subject a new documentary titled QUINCY,   which chronicles his rise to fame as a musical genius, composer, producer, arranger, record label manager and pop culture icon.

Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones airs 12/9 at 8 p.m. on BET.

Photo Credits: Instagram/Quincy Jones

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WATCH Teaser for Michel’le biopic ‘Surviving Compton’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the newest teaser for the upcoming biopic about R&B recording artist Michel’le. The Lifetime Original Movie is titled “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” and debuts on Saturday, October 15 at 8PM EST.

Rhyon Nicole Brown stars as the First Lady of Ruthless Records—Michel’le—alongside newcomer Curtis Hamilton as Dr. Dre and R. Marcos Taylor, who reprises his role as Suge Knight after having starred as the music executive in last year’s feature film, “Straight Outta Compton.” Jamie Kennedy also stars as music manager Jerry Heller.

Discovered at a young age, the shy, squeaky-voiced Michel’le (Brown) was plucked straight from South Central, Los Angeles and catapulted into the spotlight while riding N.W.A.’s rocket ride of early success. Surrounded by industry visionaries from Eazy-E to Tupac Shakur, Michel’le quickly climbed the charts; but, her musical successes were soon overshadowed by betrayal and corruption. A nearly decade-long romance with the infamous Dr. Dre (Hamilton) pushed her into a life tarnished by alcohol, drugs and violence until her savior came in the unlikely form of Suge Knight (Taylor), co-founder of Death Row Records and Dre’s business partner. Friendship would turn into a courtly romance, but the union Michel’le thought they had did not end happily-ever-after. With children from both men and a career to protect, Michel’le’s voice became silenced by Compton’s biggest power players. Until now.

“Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” is produced for Lifetime by Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media.

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WATCH 1st Trailer for Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the new trailer for the long awaited Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me.” The film features Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the iconic rapper along with Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Jamal Woodard as Biggie Smalls, Grace Gibson as Faith Evans and Harold House Moore as Dr. Dre. There will also be appearances by Keith Robinson, Cory Hardrict and Hill Harper.

According to the film’s IMDB page, “All Eyez on Me” centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial artist—Tupac Shakur. The rapper, poet, actor and political activist, shot to fame with “2Pacalypse Now,” lauded for its seminal underground vibe and still an inspiration for major artists today. Tupac’s politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents’ activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. Tupac’s increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. On September 7, 1996 he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.

“All Eyez on Me” is directed by Benny Boom and is executive produced by Afeni, who passed away in May at the age of 69.  The film opens on November 11, 2016.

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Rhyon Nicole Brown to star as Michel’le in new Lifetime Biopic

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Former “Lincoln Heights” actress Rhyon Nicole Brown has been tapped to star as 90s R&B singer Michel’le in a new biopic for Lifetime.

According to DEADLINE, “The Michel’le Story,” details the life of the singer, who was discovered at a young age by N.W.A’s Eazy-E and became a platinum artist on Ruthless Records. Dr. Dre’s girlfriend for more than a decade and later married to Suge Knight, Michel’le was there for N.W.A’s wild ride, with all of its dramatic ups and down. Finally, after years of silence, she is ready to reveal her side of the story.

Also starring in the project is Curtis Hamilton as Dr. Dre and “Straight Outta Compton” actor R. Marcos Taylor will reprise his role as Suge Knight.

Principle photography will begin next month.

Stay tuned…

Photo Credits: RollingOut.com

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Ice Cube, Dr. Dre & ‘Straight Outta Compton’ cast cover THR (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

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Original members of N.W.A, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre and the cast leads of Straight Outta Compton cover the newest issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Inside the two rap icons talk about the making of the movie, their musical legacy and more. Check out photos and excerpts from the interview as well as an exclusive look at the film’s stars—Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), and Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre).

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“We were just trying to entertain our neighborhood, just us trying to be hood stars,” says Dr. Dre. “It just became something that was much, much bigger than we ever thought, than I ever imagined.”

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“It was always about free speech, being able to express yourself, whether people like it or not,” recalls Cube of N.W.A’s early raps (the group made four albums before they broke up in 1991). “That’s the great thing about being in this country, is to be able to speak your mind and not be censored.”

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 “Our legacy is something that’s very important to me,” says Dr. Dre

Ice Cube and his son

“My father would call me before each scene to let me know what he was thinking. A lot of it was getting me to not act. I have so much of his mannerisms and things already in me that I wouldn’t want to be onscreen doing an impersonation. You can do an impersonation or you could become the character. I really was trying to break down those acting walls and just let everything flow,” says O’Shea Jackson Jr.

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“This movie will keep shining a light on the problem, especially because of all the situations that are happening in Ferguson and here in Los Angeles. It’s definitely going to keep this situation in people’s minds and make sure that everyone out there knows that this is a problem that keeps happening still today,” says Dr. Dre.

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 The Hollywood Reporter will appear on newsstand July 31!

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Fab 5 Freddy goes BTS with N.W.A about ‘Straight Outta Compton’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Talk about a blast from the past…

Yo! MTV Raps legendary journalist, Fab 5 Freddy, sits down with original N.W.A. members (Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella) as they talk about the making of their upcoming film, Straight Outta Compton and their group’s musical legacy.  Freddy also talks to the film’s director, F. Gary Gray who says that “Straight Outta Compton is now a part of American history and it’s a story that has to be told now.”

Check out the 2-minute clip below:

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New Poster for ‘Straight Outta Compton’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the new and final poster for the upcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. The film stars Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Aldis Hodge (MC Ren) and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella).

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music.  Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A.  And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

Straight Outta Compton  also stars Marlon Yates Jr as The D.O.C, Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller and Keith Stanfield as Snoop Dogg. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray and produced by Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright, and Dr. Dre. It is also being executive produced by Will Packer.

Check out the trailer and full poster below:

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The World’s Most Dangerous Group comes to theaters on August 14!

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New ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Character Posters + Trailer [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Yesterday was the official unveiling of the “Straight Outta Compton” character posters! Gearing up for the August 14 debut, MTV gave the world a first look at the new faces playing the most notorious group in hip hop. The cast breakdown is as follows:

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  • Eazy-E played by Jason Mitchell
  • Ice Cube played by O’Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Dr. Dre played by Corey Hawkins
  • MC Ren played by Aldis Hodge
  • DJ Yella played by Neil Brown Jr.

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country.  When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.  Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Check out the trailer below:

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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON premieres August 14

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Dr. Dre talks ‘Straight Outta Compton’ with 92.3’s Big Boy (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Thursday, one of hip-hop’s most revered producers came to Big Boy’s neighborhood! Dr. Dre sat down to discuss the highly-anticipated NWA biopic set to release this summer. In the interview, he talks about making some of hip hop’s most classic hits like “Nothing But a G Thang,” watching acting newbie Corey Hawkins portray Dr. Dre on-screen, and dispelling some of the myths about NWA’s legacy.

“I was worried about it at the beginning. I read it (the script) and was like ‘okay, we can work with this; we can really turn this into something’. Then when Gary Gray got on board that was it. I was in,” said Dr. Dre.

Watch the entire interview below and see the real NWA story in “Straight Outta Compton,” which hits theaters August 14, 2015!

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WATCH NWA Biopic, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ VIDEO + PHOTOS

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Just in case you missed it, the official “Straight Outta Compton” red band trailer debuted during the Grammy Awards Sunday night.  In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country.  When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.  Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

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Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, “Straight Outta Compton” is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job).  The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-WrightWill Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.

Click HERE to see the trailer + check out more photos and the official poster below:

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Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray and Dr. Dre pose with leads from #StraightOuttaCompton

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The other day, we posted photos of the lead actors for Universal Pictures upcoming biopic, Straight Outta Compton.  Well, Wednesday morning real  N.W.A members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre tweeted the above photo of them with the principle actors and the film’s director, F. Gary Gray.  However, there has been a slight change.

The actor who we reported as playing Dr. Dre is not Marcus Callendar but is now Corey Hawkins.  Actor Jason Mitchell is still on board as N.W.A founder, Eazy-E as is O’Shea Jackson Jr. on board to play his father, Ice Cube.

We’ve also learned that the film will debut next summer on August 14, 2015 and it is being executive produced by Will ‘Power’ Packer alongside F. Gary Gray.

Check out the film’s new synopsis:

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country.  When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.  Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

What are your thoughts about the photo and the update information?

Photo Credit: Todd MacMillan/Universal Pictures

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CASTING UPDATE: Leads actors chosen for NWA Biopic (PHOTOS)

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After numerous auditions and tons of callbacks, casting for the three principal roles in the upcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton  is complete and we have pictures of the actors who will be playing the iconic music stars.

dreFirst up is Jason Mitchell (pictured above) who will be playing the rap group’s founder, Easy E. Reportedly the actor has starred in four films including Contraband  with Mark Wahlberg. If you recall, the deceased rapper’s son and daughter expressed interested in playing their father. However, Mitchell has come out the victor.

Next up is Marcus Callendar (pictured left), who has been cast in the role of Dr. Dre.  Reported, Dre initially wanted Fruitvale Station  actor Michael B. Jordan to portray him in the film. However, Jordan’s commitment to The Fantastic Four  presented itself a scheduling conflict.

Last but not least is O’Shea Jackson, Jr. who will take on the role of his father, Ice Cube. This will be Jackson’s first major role and apparently was Cube’s top pick even though it was stated that children of the rappers would not receive any preferential treatment and would have to earn their roles.

Cube23Casting for NWA’s two other members, MC Ren and DJ Yella, have yet to be announced.

Straight Outta Compton  is being directed by F. Gary Gray and will chronicle the rise of the influential hip hop group from Los Angeles. NWA endured controversy due to the explicit nature of their lyrics, and was subsequently banned from many mainstream U.S. radio stations.  In spite of this, NWA has sold over 10 million CD units in the U.S. alone and is credited as the most important group in the history of hip hop/pioneers of gangsta rap.

Stay tuned as more casting news develops!

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Dr. Dre to sell ‘Beats’ to Apple for 3.2 Billion?

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By this time next week, Dr. Dre could be hip-hop’s first billionaire.  Sorry Diddy!

According to THR, the rap mogul and business partner, Jimmy Lovine are currently in talks with Apple for the acquisition of their headphone and audio equipment business and Beats Music subscription streaming service for $3.2 billion.

Yes, 3.2 BILLION!

The deal could be announced as early as next week, making this the largest purchase for Apple in the company’s history. Reportedly, the tech giants are trying to crush their competition and remain relevant in the streaming music space that is currently being held by Beats and Spotify.

Dre and Lovine founded Beats in 2006 and have taken in about $120 million over the last two years.

Stay tuned…

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Diddy and Jay Z are Forbes’ highest paid rappers + VIDEO and the complete list of Cash Kings

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Kendrick Lamar may be the “King of New York” but he has a long way to go before he can be crowned Forbes’ Cash King of Hip-Hop. The annual list of rappers “who can really make it rain” was released with Diddy sitting pretty in the #1 position for the first time.  The hip-hop mogul reportedly earned $50 million from Ciroc Vodka, Bad Boy Entertainment and Sean John Clothing line. Not bad for a Howard University drop out, huh?

In the #2 spot is Jay Z whose estimating earnings include $43 million. This is all due to his concert tours, management company and Roc Nation label. Jay has also expanded his brand to include sports management through Roc Nation Sports.

Dr. Dre dropped from #1 to #3 with an estimated $40 million dollars from his Beats By Dre, headphone line. He is followed by the lone female on the list, Nicki Minaj, who has earned $29 million. The Young Money princess got her loot from her judging last season of American Idol, touring and her endorsement with Pepsi.

According to Forbes, “The Cash Kings list tracks pretax earnings for all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap.” Forbes also considers income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures as well as interviews with numerous managers, lawyers, record executives and some of the artists themselves.”

Take a look at the Forbes’ Cash Kings Video and the complete list below:

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1. Diddy ($50M)

2. Jay Z ($43M)

3. Dr. Dre ($40M)

4. Nicki Minaj ($29M)

5. Birdman ($21M)

6. Kanye West ($20M)

7. Lil Wayne ($16M)

8. Wiz Khalifa ($14M)

9. Ludacris ($12M)

10. Pitbull ($11M)

11. Drake ($10.5M)

12. Snoop Dogg ($10M)

12. Eminem ($10M)

14. Kendrick Lamar ($9M)

14. Pharrell ($9M)

14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($9M)

17. Swizz Beatz ($8.5M)

18. Tech N9ne ($7.5M)

19. 50 Cent ($7M)

20. Lil Jon ($6M)

20. Rick Ross ($6M)

20. Mac Miller ($6M)

20. Jeezy ($6M)

20. Questlove ($6M)

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