Tupac’s 1995 screenplay was purchased by NStar Studios and will be made into a feature-length film. The name of the script is Live 2 Tell and it tells the story of a teenage drug lord and his difficulties trying to leave the world of crime.
Variety reports that the film was written during the rapper’s 11-month prison stint in 1995 for a weapons charge.
One of the producers of the film will be Preston Holmes, who has been linked to Tupac once before. He collaborated with Afenia Shakur, Tupac’s mother, on the 2003 documentary of her son entitled Resurrection. Afenia will also contribute to this film as she will be the executive producer.
Holmes already tried to acquire the rights to the script in 1995 while Tupac was behind bars, but due to circumstances it never worked out.
A representative for NStar Studios, Ivan Juzang, released an official statement: “This kid was a genius, and the net of it is, he was from this community, he knew the struggles these young people were dealing with, he’s able to talk to young people in 2011, 2012, the same way he was able to talk to young people in 1995.”
This $11 Million project is set to begin production in early 2012.
Last year around this time, the ever controversial machine known to the masses as 50 Cent was busy sending disrespectful rhymes in the direction pointed at fellow New York rap superstar Jay-Z. For the past months the Queens native had been baiting the god MC on wax with the assistance of former Roc-A-Fella artist Beanie Sigel.
Following Jay And Eminem’s opening night of their “Home And Home” tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Fif and Jay-Z deaded their beef backstage after the two ran into each other.
“We got a chance to kick it for a minute,” 50 told MTV News. “I know people were interested in what that conversation was like. But they can ask Jay-Z. I take people’s actions as if it’s genuinely how they feel. I can only use what I saw you do as if that’s what you meant. I can’t understand what your motivation was prior to that.”
As things appeared to have taken a more peaceful route following the union, the G-Unit general may have just re-opened that can of worms. In a recent interview with MTV UK, Fif calls his relationship with Jay-Z “business” and says he uses it as leverage for his own interests.
“We don’t have those kinds of relationships” 50 declared. “These people are people I associate with. We are in the same business. We are not necessarily friends. We don’t call each other for no reason.”
“It’s not like we have something against each other to make us enemies,” Fiddy continued. “Me and Jay[-Z] will use each other. Repeatedly. For energy.
M.O.E. recording artist and formerly signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace label, Shawnna is back at it with the release of her official single Big Booty Judy, which has received an overwhelming response from DJs and industry insiders.
Inspired by her lovely figure, Shawnna gives her fans new and old, a song to love. Currently on a Midwest tour and getting ready for the Female Hip Honors Award out in LA, Shawnna is showing the world she is not ready to throw in the towel.
To have her career based on a solid foundation, the raptress founded her own label M.O.E., which stands for Money Over Everything. She is currently in the studio recording for her new album, which will be available in stores later in 2011.
Miami rapper/producer Mase just released his new single Like This, which marks a new chapter in his music career. This ace music producer and head honcho of DMS Entertainment reluctantly started his stint as a recording artist via the single entitled We Miss You, a tribute song to his late father. Taking cue from the overwhelming responses he got from his growing number of fans, Mase has finally stepped-up to show the side of him that’s truly passionate about Hip-Hop music. Yes, Mase is a true-blue Hip-Hop fan and has a fun, easy going vibe about him. Thus, he breaks out of his shell and comes up with a Hip-Hop/R&B ditty entitled Like This.
Mase has taken the Hip-Hop party route with Like This and is taking his music to the party and club scenes this time around. Heavily influenced by Hip-Hop great Snoop Dogg, Mase is a master craftsman of grooves and beats. Like This is just the perfect soundtrack for b-boys breaking on the dance floor or Hip-Hop honeys chilling-out at the coolest clubs in town. But whether one is partying out or just blasting sounds from the bedroom stereo, Like This is undeniably mind-blowing and infectious. No wonder, Like This was easily picked-up by radio stations all across the nation and is fast-gaining airplay.
This is just the beginning of more Hip-Hop music ventures for Mase as a recording artist; a full album is definitely in the works. As head of DMS Entertainment, Mase is continuously developing his stable of talents and will soon launch a solo recording project for R&B sensation Sonja.
Like This is now available for digital download via iTunes and other online music portals.
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Stephen Marley is preparing to release his third solo album, titled Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life.
The 14-track album contains a number of message songs from Marley, who writes about a variety of subjects on the album, ranging from love to slavery.
According to Marley, The Root of Life will be followed by another conceptual album titled Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, which will be released in the Fall of 2011.
The Fruit of Life will feature a number of genre’s that have been influenced by Reggae music.
“Reggae music has influenced hip hop and so many other kinds of music,” Stephen Marley told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “The Fruit of Life will be [a] more open, eclectic kind of record. There will be songs for the club, dancehall reggae will be there, love songs in there, but it will remain conscious good music that you can always take something positive from.”
An exclusive, limited-edition version of The Fruit of Life will also be released on vinyl in the Fall.
Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life is due in stores on May 24th, via Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic.
Hip-Hop personality and comedian Nick Cannon announced in an interview with XXL that he will be taking shots at rapper Eminem, who has made some controversial stabs at Cannon’s wife, Mariah Carey, in the past. The insults are scheduled to come via Cannon’s upcoming comedy special on Showtime, as part of his ongoing stand-up tour across America.
“I say how I feel about. I mean it’s definitely an interesting take – I’m not trying to stir up old news,” says Cannon. “That’s the thing that my stand-up special is actually about. It’s everybody getting to hear what I have to say first-hand instead of [hearing it] through interviews and hearsay.”
The feud between Cannon and Eminem began prior to the release of Em’s Relapse album and continued to grow via some of Em’s tracks on both Relapse and Recovery.
Cannon went on to comment about his comedy special, “You get to see how I feel about it. And I think that’s why a lot of people are going to be intrigued to watch. I talk about everything from Eminem, to my marriage, to how I feel about other celebrities and all that stuff. So, it’s an interesting take. People have been buzzing about it. I’ve been on the road with it for the last year, and everywhere I go it’s a standing ovation. So, I think it should be well-received.”
Despite Cannon’s optimism, the Detroit emcee still has the upper hand with a larger audience. Eminem recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to have two albums go Diamond with 10 million albums sold.