Just when I thought rap bars, flows and cadences were the only thing the hip-hop community would take, overuse and oversaturate, they have found a new angle. It’s called the hip-hop biopic.
The success of “Straight Outta Compton” was so great, that now every week there is another “rap biopic in the works”. It’s officially confirmed that the best and worst thing that could have happened was the N.W.A movie being a huge success and being one of the most talked about movies of the year.
Even though I haven’t formally asked, I speak for a great number of the hip-hop community when I say, Fall Back and let “Straight Outta Compton” live! It’s not even on DVD yet, and people are running around talking about, “our movies next”. Let us bask in the moment that was the late 80’s and early 90’s. Let us come down from our N.W.A high and reminisce or gain better knowledge and understanding of the time that was.
I know what it truly is. “Straight Outta Compton” popped and so did all the albums and records referenced during that time and sales are up and royalty checks are expected to be coming in for Dre, Ren, Cube and Eazy’s estate soon. However, don’t let the thought of getting that “new old money”, lead to you giving fans a rushed product. I want to see great hip-hop biopics and I want to see them spaced out, so I can enjoy and not compare.
So I’m saying it now. No more hip-hop biopics till 2018 or later. We don’t need the follow ups and “our story” right away. Look at the movie, the music, the campaign and the actors that were in “Straight Outta Compton”. You’re not going to achieve that in a year or even 2 my estimation. F Gary Gray did an expected awesome job and he really took time to deliver something great. These things take time. Do hip-hop a favor and just let “Straight Outta Compton” do numbers and make all the announcements you want in 2017.
Now, what I do like, is through all of this Master P said his movie was going to be a trilogy. That could be amazing if done right. I want to see that, but not for a few more years. The standard is so high for hip-hop biopics that a legacy could be tarnished if they aren’t done right. I want everyone to keep that in mind.
Biopics I personally would like to see
Native Tongues [Tribe, De La, Jungle Brothers Monie Love]
Queens in the 90’s [Nas, Mobb Deep, CNN, Cormega, Nature]
Boot Camp Clik
Deathrow The Label story
Def Jam The Label story [90’s Specific]
Three 6 Mafia
2 Live Crew
The Juice Crew [Highlighting Big Daddy Kane]
What are some biopics you want to see? Let me know something.