Marcc Rose took on the task of portraying one of the most iconic figures in Hip Hop history. The 23-year-old actor was tapped by director F. Gary Gray to play Tupac Shakur in the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, and Rose has also been working with John Singleton on a movie about Pac's life.
"It got put on hold. There were too many hands in the pot. Honestly, they were trying to push it in the direction of the Aaliyah biopic," Rose told Ebro In The Morning. "No diss to the Aaliyah biopic, but they didn't have the rights. The music wasn't in there. We're just trying to make sure [the 2Pac biopic] is done right. At that moment it wasn't. It was put on pause."
The Lifetime produced Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B was universally panned by professional critics, fans, and associates of the late R&B singer. With Pac's legacy being so heavily protected by his supporters, a similar outcome for a movie about the "Holla If Ya Hear Me" emcee would be devastating to his fan base.
Rose seems to understand the potential blow-back from creating a poorly received image of 2Pac. He was asked about feeling any pressure from acting as the legend in Straight Outta Compton.
"It was a lot of pressure to me, because of who Pac was. This is my first film. So I said if I'm coming out the gate, I got to make sure this is done right," expressed Rose. "I got to make sure how I portray him is realistic. I don't want it to be a character of Pac. I want his fans to be able to see him in me."
Being behind bars has not kept Gucci Mane from making moves. He is still actively releasing music and even created a LinkedIn account. Now Guwop has announced that he will be releasing his autobiography. The Atlanta native revealed via his Twitter account that the book will drop in next year.
Gucci was incarcerated in 2014 after being convicted of a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge. He is expected to be released in late 2016 or early 2017.
Peep the tweets below about his upcoming autobiography.
The North Carolina emcee released the project in December and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In this week's album sales, the album sits at the #27 spot and is the fifth Rap album on the chart.
The Cleveland Cavaliers player made the announcement on Instagram.
Iman Shumpert took to Instagram to announce that his girlfriend, Teyana Taylor, is pregnant with the couple's first child. The baby girl is expected in January of 2016.
"When a man loves a woman how she was born to be loved...procreation is the best blessing you can receive," the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard writes in the caption for a picture of a sonogram of the baby. "I couldn't be more happy than to share my first child with the woman I intended to have my family with. Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr is expected to enter this world '1.16.16'. We want that world to be as pure as possible for her. We people, show the world what we feel the world should see when we want them to see it...something this beautiful had to be announced when we were ready for everyone to know...this is what happiness grows into! I love you @teyanataylor thank you for your sacrifice in starting our very own family!"
The G.O.O.D Music singer reposted Shumpert's picture.
"& that's all that matters... ❤️ I love you baby," she writes.
The couple has been dating publicly for about a year.
Taylor released The Cassette Tape, a 1990s-based project, last month and features Shumpert.
The basketball player released his own mixtape, Th3 #Post90s, in 2012.
Universal Studios shut down the idea of a sequel to the Straight Outta Compton biopic, but it looks like it still may be in the works.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, an agency is shopping a deal with a book and a re-released 2001 documentary, both titled Welcome to Death Row, written by S. Leigh Savidge. If picked up, the film would depict the years following the N.W.A breakup when Dr. Dre linked up with Suge Knight. It would also follow the careers of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
The only issue is that Savidge has no rights to the music for the project, which complicate getting a studio deal.
Straight Outta Compton has spent three weeks at the no. 1 spot for the domestic box office, raking in a total of $141 million since being released on Aug. 14th. The N.W.A flick is now the top grossing musical biopic of all time.
Police have charged the Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper after an incident at a concert.
Kevin Gates has been charged with simple battery, TMZ reports.
The rapper allegedly kicked a fan in the chest after she was tugging on his shorts during a concert in Florida last month.
The police investigated the incident and decided to charge the Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper.
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According to AllHipHop.com, an 18-year-old woman who was kicked in the chest by Kevin Gates during a performance over the weekend in Lakeland, Florida, was taken to the hospital shortly after.
The fan's mother, Kristy Irelan, says she received a CT scan while at the hospital. Irelan also revealed that her daughter "passed out" following the kick.
"She told me that she was excited to see him and next thing she knows she was kicked in the chest and she was passed out…It pisses me off. I don't care who you are- an NFL player, just a regular person or a rapper- you don't come to anybody's home town and kick anybody- she did not deserve that," Ireland said, according to AllHipHop.com.
Amateur video of the encounter, which was uploaded to YouTube, shows someone touching Gates' leg. He then kicks them with his right leg.
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper has yet to respond directly to the incident, but did send the following message on Twitter shortly after his performance: "Kill me,when you see me - it's dat simple"
It is currently unclear what the results of the teen's CT scan were, and if the family plans on taking any legal action.
The victim is also suing the nightclub where the shooting took place.
Paul Briley is suing Chris Brown and a San Jose nightclub over injuries he sustained in a January shooting at an event hosted by the singer, CBS San Francisco reports.
Five people were injured when the shooting broke out. Briley says he incurred a permanent injury in his foot and is seeking damages for lost wages, medical expenses and "all past, present, and future physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, including fright, shock, terror, and post-traumatic stress of being shot."
The political action committee document says "Ready for Kanye" was formed by Eugene Craig III, who will serve as custodian of records and treasurer. According to Craig's Twitter page, he is a grassroots activist and a Liberty-Republican. He is the third vice chair for the Maryland Republican party.
The purpose of a PAC is to raise money for a candidate's political campaign. Each committee must register with the Federal Election Commission and report its funds.