Ice Cube will be one of many celebrities who will be directing documentaries for ESPN's newest series titled 30 for 30.
The series which celebrates ESPN's 30th anniversary will be 30 one hour documentaries profiling a sports story directed by 30 different filmmakers.
Ice Cube's film, Straight Outta L.A., will profile the Los Angeles Raiders and the influence they had on the rapper's hometown and the beginning of his rap career as member of N.W.A.
Other documentaries which will be part of the series include a profile on track runner Marion Jones which will be directed by John Singleton and Hoop Dreams director Steve James will profile NBA superstar Allen Iverson.
30 for 30 will begin airing on October 6 on ESPN.
Jul 30, 2009
Drake is reportedly developing a sitcom with Canadian based Nightingale Company.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sitcom is titled Us & Them and will revolve around two best friends (played by Drake and actor Mazon Eisadig) who are trying to make it in the entertainment industry.
The show will mark Drake’s second television foray. The rapper played a character in the drama series Degrassi.
Nightingale is an independent film and television company which has seen recent success with the TV drama series The Line.
In related news, Drake is currently gearing up to release his debut album Thank Me Later via Lil Wayne's Young Money label in the fall. The set will feature collaborations with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Young Jeezy, among others.
Jul 29, 2009
Kid Cudi is shifting his sights from the music world to the realm of acting, as Cudi will have a lead role in a new HBO series.
“It's called How to Make It in America. It's produced by the guys that did Entourage," revealed Cudi to the Arizona Republic. "Mark Wahlberg is the executive producer. It's directed by Julian Farino, who also did Sex and the City, several episodes of that and The Sopranos, and Entourage. I have a lead role. My character's name is Domingo Dean. I actually named my character after both of my brothers - Dean, who lives in Phoenix, being one of them, and Domingo.”
In spite of his career, Cudi wants no part in being typecast due to his music.
“It has no reference to my music. It was important to me early on to branch away from music and actually do something outside my comfort zone,” elaborated Cudi. “When we were developing my character with the writers, I was telling them, ‘Man, I don't want to be anything that has to do with music,’ just because that's not really acting.”
Although he's begun a career in acting, Cudi's debut Man on the Moon: the End of Day is still scheduled to be released September 15, and will feature The Clipse, Common, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg; production will be helmed by Kanye West, Just Blaze and will.i.am.
Ludacris recently revealed the title of his forthcoming seventh solo album.
Rumours had been floating around that the project would be titled Cineplex but the Atlanta rapper divulged to Rap Up that his latest set will be titled Ludaversal.
“I never remotely said anything about something called Cineplex. Dead that shit,” Luda said. “It’s Ludaversal. That’s what comes after Battle of the Sexes.”
Battle of The Sexes, which is slated to hit shelves this year, will be a collaborative album with fellow DTP rapper Shawanna.
"It’s never been done before. An album with a female and male perspective battling out every song," explained Luda.
Ludaversal is expected to hit stores in 2010.
Lil Wayne's often criticized and anticipated rock album, The Rebirth, has been pushed back yet again--at least according to a Universal Motown rep.
Contrary to recent reports claiming Rebirth would be hitting stores sometime in September after being pushed back a fourth time, a rep for Motown says it is now looking more like an October release.
Cash Money just changes their dates whenever they want to,” says a Universal Motown rep.
“It’s definitely not August. I have no idea why it was moved, and I’m not anticipating a September release. Right now I’m looking at closer to October,” the rep tells Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s not going to be ’til the end of the year. We’re talking about holiday [season].”
Jul 28, 2009
Drake has been forced to pull out of Lil Wayne's Young Money Presents: The America's Most Wanted Music Festival tour.
According to reports, Drake had hoped to have recovered enough from a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) to perform a 30-minute set, but the painful injury is still causing him problems - and, as a result, he has had to cancel his solo slot altogether.
"I'm not doing my own set. That's one thing I have to apologize to my fans about. It's too much of a risk, if I hit that wrong turn (doing) 30 minutes every night. If I tear my ACL again, the doctors say I might not be able to walk again. I have to be cautious," Drake tells MTV News.
Drake says that he will still try to join Weezy and other Young Money members on featured songs.
The tour kicked off last night in Pennsylvania.
In an effort to keep the show rolling, Nicki Minaj has been added to the tour line up and will be performing cuts from her mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty.
Jul 27, 2009
50 Cent will be taking over the month of September by releasing a new book and his fourth solo album Before I Self Destruct.
50 will kick off his September invasion by releasing his eagerly awaited book The 50th Law on September 10th. The book will be 50's version of Robert Greene's popular book The 48 Laws Of Power.
Greene helped 50 Cent put the book together. The G-Unit honcho and the revered writer will head out on a tour in September to promote the book.
50 will wrap up his September invasion by releasing his eagerly awaited album Before I Self Destruct on September 29th. The album will feature collaborations with Eminem, Swizz Beatz and Dr. Dre.
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