Is Bow Wow reviewing movies now? When that movie is about one of the top five rappers to grab a mic, he is. I was poking around for reviews of the gotta-be-terrible Mall Cop, when I stumbled on a clip of Bow Wow giving Notorious the Ebert. Bow Wow’s take: it’s a must-see for anyone that calls themselves a rapper or just loves hip-hop. He also goes into how terrible hip-hop is compared to that time in music. I like how artists criticize, without naming names, or pretend like they don’t have an album not much different from the mess that’s on the radio. But I respect Prince Bow Wow for that honesty and for giving respect where due.more..
Last Thursday morning, Voletta Wallace and her grandson Christoper Wallace Jr. were in Times Square, at the NASDAQ headquarters to ring their opening bell. A new movie to promote gives you that kind of access. Christopher as you know is Biggie’s son, he turned 12 on October 29. I’m not sure if he has any interest in picking up a mic, but honestly, that’s a rough road to ride. Living up to or even exceeding his Pop’s verbal gymnastics is just about impossible. Kind of like Michael Jordan’s son, he’s got to get to Lebron or Chris Paul’s level to impress anyone.more..
Look at that picture. If you weren’t sure if Angela Bassett looked anything like Voletta Wallace, that’s proof positive the Notorious casting director got it right. As filming of Notorious continues (it began on March 23,) over at notoriousblog.net the folks involved with the film are keeping a decent set of updates.
They’ve just started to post videos. The first is a “Hey, my name is..” to introduce the cast and crew.
I’ve read some sketchy things about the script, but it seems like they’re intent on making a really good movie. I’ll reserve judgment on that until the private screening.more..
Auditions are over. Notorious has been cast. Thank you for coming down, don’t call us, we’ll call you. You know that deal. Envelope please.. the only role that truly matters goes to.. Jamal Wollard. Nothing? Let’s try this.. the only role that truly matters goes to.. Gravy! Still nothing? Well if you didn’t know his name yesterday, you’ll know it when the movie hits theaters. Brooklyn rapper, Gravy got the job to represent Biggie Smalls aka Notorious B.I.G. aka Frank White aka the borough’s greatest to ever do it (before his passing <
< happy, Jay?).
Actually you might have heard Gravy’s name once before. He got shot in the ass outside of NY’s HOT 97 radio station. At the time Gravy’s name was getting hot on the streets. He was at HOT 97 to interview with Funkmaster Flex, before he made it upstairs someone in his crew shot him. He notoriously went through the interview anyway, hot slug still stuck in the cheek.more..
Last week, Beanie Sigel auditioned for the part of Notorious B.I.G. in the upcoming Fox Searchlight movie “Notorious.” The Broad street bully told MTV news.. “I don’t know nobody else in the rap game who could do it and pull it off, as far as who you believe, who’s lyrical enough and fits that image. If I’m watching that joint, I wouldn’t just want to see an [ordinary] actor. Some people might feel some type of way to see Beanie Sigel [playing] Biggie, I don’t know. But I’d love to have a shot at it.”
His East Coast roots and name recognized status doesn’t automatically get him the job, the movie’s producers are looking at all potential candidates, including unknown faces.
But what’s sup? How did Beanie’s audition go.. “You know how they say in Hollywood; ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you.’ We’ll see. But if I was to get it, I’d love it.”more..