Oscar nominated actor, Paul Giamatti has signed on to star as Jerry Heller in F. Gary Gray’s upcoming N.W.A. biopic, “Straight Outta Compton.” For those who might not remember (or never knew), Heller co-founded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E and was responsible for both signing and managing the group. When N.W.A. eventually broke up, Heller was cited as the main reason, due to supposedly playing one member against others and alleged “creative accounting.”
Most recently, Giamatti played The Rhino in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Here’s a clip from his appearance in the movie plus an N.W.A. throwback video, “100 Miles And Runnin’.”
In an interview with Zane Lowe, Nas reflected on what it was like to be at the center of one of Hip Hop’s most notorious battles. He explained that unlike today’s rappers, making money wasn’t the core reason for challenging another mc. He explained, “It felt like we were the leaders of nations…What you felt surrounding us was there was an importance in what we were doing that mattered more than just success. It was more than just, are my records going to sell or yes, we need the records to sell to make money.” Nas also spoke about the murders of Biggie and Tupac and said, “When those two guys passed away I thought it was the end of rap.”
Below is one of our Nas faves(and there are many)”Made You Look.”
According to the UK’s Sun newspaper, Kanye West has approached music legend, Paul McCartney about a collaboration for the Yeezus emcee’s upcoming album. Apparently, Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time. The former Beatle even stated that his most recent album purchases were Kanye and Jay-Z, when questioned in a Twitter Q & A October of last year. To add fuel to the rumor mill, Kanye appeared backstage as Paul played a show in LA at Dodger Stadium earlier this week. All we can say is that this has the potential to be something incredible…Just as long as they don’t do Ebony & Ivory Part 2.
Below…You guessed it…a video from Kanye.
Flying Lotus’ alter-ego, Captain Murphy unleashes a bizarre new track called “Cosplay.” Put your Batman suit on and check it out.
Vince Staples finally gives us the full video for his “Blue Suede” track. Anyone familiar with The Shyne Coldchain mixtapes or his collaborations with Earl and Common already knows that his success is assured.