Here’s the DMX cameo from Chris Rock’s new film, Top Five, in which Rock plays a fictional version of himself: a successful comedian from Brooklyn. In the clip, Rock’s character finds himself in a holding cell for some reason and ends up bumping into the perpetually imprisoned X, who commends him for not letting the industry put him in a box and expresses his desire to explore other forms of expression outside of Rap. Mild spoilers, obviously.
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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)
It’s Summertime, and the weekend is here, which means you’re either out on the town getting into something, or at the crib trying to cool off in the AC after a long week of work. Shouts to everyone out there partying, that’s what’s up. But for those of you in chill mode, we put together a nice collection of classic rap movies you can watch from the comfort of your computer, tablet, or mobile device on YouTube in full. So if you’ve exhausted your Netflix queue, or if you’re just in the mood to watch some ill hip-hop visuals featuring superstar rappers like Jay Z, Mobb Deep, Cam’ron, Lil Wayne, Biggie, Snoop, Eminem, and more, binge out on these essential rap flicks and docs below.
Back in February Kanye teased a Hype Williams directed film that shares its name with his most recent LP, and today we get a look at a new poster for the project. Little is known about Yeezus, but Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho, The Canyons) is credited as a writer and Milk Studios is also now attached to the release. I would imagine we’ll be hearing something about a release date soon.
A couple of weeks before the trailer dropped, Ellis spoke to VICE and briefly spoke on working with Ye:
Can you tell me about the Kanye film collaboration?
You know what, I can’t. It’s in Kanye-land and that’s subject to a whole other timeframe. He came and asked me to write the film. I didn’t want to at first. Then I listened to Yeezus. It was early summer last year and I was driving in my car. He’d given me an advance copy and I thought, regardless of whether I’m right for this project, I want to work with whoever made this. So fuck it, I said yes. And that’s how it happened. That was seven or eight months ago. We’ll see what happens.
I really like him as a person. I know he comes off in this performance art way in the press, but if you’re just alone with him in a room talking for three hours, it’s kind of mind-blowing.
Previously: Kanye West x Hype Williams – Yeezus (Trailer)
Here’s a scene from the new Tony Jaa flick The Protector 2, which also features The RZA in a prominent role as a gangster named LC. In this scene, Jaa and RZA’s characters square off in a fight to the death in an underground space with surprisingly brittle concrete walls.
The Protector 2 is available for rental now on iTunes and On Demand and will hit theaters on May 2nd.
As previously reported, Kid Cudi will have a role in HBO’s new Entourage flick and today he appeared on set in a picture with the movie’s writer/director Doug Ellin.
Previously: Kid Cudi ft. Skylar Grey – Hero
Here we have our first clip of Andre 3000 in character as Jimi Hendrix from the upcoming biopic All is By My Side, which will debut at SXSW later this month.
Spotted: ego trip
Myspace spoke to most of the surviving members of the cast and crew of the film Juice about the conception and production of the iconic hood flick. The piece includes commentary from writer/director Ernest Dickinson, co-writer Gerard Brown, producer Peter Frankfurt, Omar Epps (Q), Khalil Khan (Raheem) and Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins (Steel). They also spoke to Hank Shocklee of The Bomb Squad, who scored the film and served as executive producer of the sountrack. Fab Five Freddy, Treach and Big Daddy Kane also contribued commentary.
Here, Ernest, Omar and Khalil talk about a time 2Pac beat up some kid who tried to steal jewlery from his trailer:
Omar Epps: There were fights happening all around.
Khalil Kain: Pac tried to keep it real. His trailer door was always open. He would smoke a little something, drink a little something. He didn’t want to separate himself from the kids in the neighborhood. But you can’t do that with everybody. They caught a kid and some of his partners that had robbed some of the jewelry out of Pac’s trailer. I wasn’t even working that day. I was just kind of showing off for some girl who I was taking up to the set. As we were walking up to the set, shit jumped off. Tupac and another dude were stomping this kid out. The girl I was with thought they were filming for the movie. And I was like, “Nah, that’s not a movie.”
Ernest Dickerson: The only reason the guy got away was because there was a car speeding up in the street and the guy broke away and jumped on the back of the car! [Laughs.] But while he’s stomping the guy all these people are screaming out of the window like, “You leave that boy alone!” So now I’m worried because this guy got beat up in the street in public. And a lot of times when something like that happens, somebody will want to get some payback. I’m just worried about somebody doing a drive-by on the film set. But it never happened.
Click here to read Oral History: Tupac, Fist Fights and the Making of Juice
Previously: Allen Hughes on Beef with Tupac
Here’s a trailer for the new Hollywood version of the Langston Hughes play Black Nativity starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Basset and Jennifer Hudson. Nas, Mary J. Blige and Tyrese also make appearances.
Previously: Nas Celebrates His 40th Birthday
Here is the short film We Ballin’ from Mach Five’s Corey Davis and A.Ware.
“We Ballin” is a short film structured around the lives of two friends, Corey & A.ware, who are on a quest to fund a loft party they’ve been planning for later that evening. Along the journey Corey struggles with the ins & outs of relationship quarrels, after an uneventful encounter a with jealous girlfriend. While A.ware indulges in the fast life following their “Live Fast, Die Young” moniker.