N.W.A. Biopic Finds Its MC Ren and DJ Yella


Universal’s N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” has finally found its MC Ren and DJ Yella.

Aldis Hodge of Amazon.com’s “The After” will play MC Ren aka Lorenzo Jerald Patterson, and “The Walking Dead‘s” Neil Brown, Jr. will play DJ Yella aka Antoine Carraby.

They join O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, respectively.

F. Gary Gray will direct the biopic, about the rising 1980s gangsta rap group.

Ice Cube on Why Eazy E’s Son Won’t Be Playing His Dad in N.W.A. Biopic (Listen)

ice-cubeThe exclusion of Eazy-E’s son, Eric Wright Jr., from playing his dad in the  highly-anticipated N.W.A. biopic may have produced rumors of him being upset from the snub, but according to Ice Cube, there’s a legit reason behind the selection of another entertainer for the role.

In a phone interview with Colorado radio station, KS 107.5, Ice Cube detailed why he and the film’s co-producers chose actor Jason Mitchell instead of Wright, Jr. to portray the late rap star in “Straight Outta Compton.”  For them, it all came down to finding someone who could exhibit all that was needed to portray Eazy and all he experienced during his life.

“He’s an up-and-coming actor trying to do it, but we needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life,” Cube explained. “He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn’t use just anybody. We gave him a shot, and it just didn’t work out.”

Apparently, Wright, Jr. has moved on. The Huffington Post reports that Lil Eazy has since dismissed the rumors and offered his support to Mitchell. For more of Ice Cube’s interview with KS 107.5, check out the audio interview below:

Nicki Minaj Shows it from the Front this Time (Look!)

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My my, my. Nicki Minaj is bustin’ out again.

As you no doubt recall, she set off alarms last week with the release of cover art for “Anaconda,” her new single … a photo of herself from the back, squatting in a hit pink thong bikini.

Yes, as some would say she’s lookin’ supa fine from behind. But that was last week. Cut to today. OK, actually yesterday, Sunday, and she released another photo of herself in the pink barely-there outfit. But with one big difference as you can see. It’s a front view.

So what’s the point of the new pic? It’s her way of telling fans the release of “Anaconda” will be a week late

“My darlingz, I’ve pushed the release of ‘Anaconda’ to next week, Monday 8/4,” she  captioned her Instagram photo.

‘I promise you will understand why before the week is out.’

The new shot shows her standing on a pink yoga mat in a matching pink bikini. Off to one side is a large pink exercise ball, on the other, what appears to be a pair of five-pound pink dumbbells.

Just like in the other pic featuring her ample bottom, Nicki is wearing those high top blue trainers.

Speaking of her booty, the pic that was all about her big ol’ butt, was the source of a lot of flack for her. Something we don’t think she saw coming for some reason.

But she tried to justify it by reminding naysayers that her “assets” are no more “unacceptable” than similar images of white models.

We can only wonder what Stephen A. Smith would say.  :)

Nicki Minaj Claps Back at Criticism Over ‘Anaconda’ Cover

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Why another half-naked pic of Nicki Minaj is still newsworthy remains a mystery, but the cover art for her new single “Anaconda,” where she squats in just a G-string, sports bra and Jordans, has made national headlines for being too raunchy – even for Nicki Minaj.

The singer, 31, has been teasing her fans on Twitter about a “special surprise” since Wednesday, and on Thursday all was finally revealed — so to speak. It didn’t take long for the pic to become a trending topic on Twitter, complete with angry tweets and Instagram comments in response to the image.

Minaj, of course, responded.

And retweeted supportive tweets from fans:

And posted a series of Sports Illustrated shots, including the cover for the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which sees Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge all posing topless and half-bottomless.

“Angelic. Acceptable. LOL,” she wrote of the photo, which was followed by a shot of her own cover art with the caption, “UNACCEPTABLE.”

“Anaconda,” which is set to drop on July 28, is the second single to be released from Minaj’s upcoming album “The Pink Print,” due later in 2014.

Coolio Drops New Single, Music Video Through PornHub

Coolio at Club 212 in Glasgow

Coolio is back in music thanks to the website PornHub.

The veteran rapper is releasing “Take It to the Hub,” a song and forthcoming music video from Coolio co-starring pornstars Alexa Aimes (as a twerking dinosaur), Phoenix Marie, Jessica Bangkok, Missy Martinez and Skin Diamond. The video is set to be released in the following weeks.

The collaboration was birthed at the porn industry’s annual AVN Awards, where the rapper and PornHub’s head of PR and marketing, Matt Blake, began chatting.

“We threw a party at a strip club during the AVN Awards, and we invited Coolio,” said Blake. “We had some drinks, and I pitched him the idea of coming out with new music on PornHub. He loved it.”

While TMZ broke the news, some of the details they put forward were inaccurate. As Coolio said to Rolling Stone: “I let them into the video shoot willingly and then the first thing they do is talk bullshit about me and try to make me look bad. They were trying to say it was my comeback. Man, I ain’t trying to make no f–kin’ comeback off some porn.”

“The way TMZ spun it,” Blake said, “they made it seem like we have the exclusive forever [on his music], which isn’t true — him and I have spoken about this, at the end of the day it’s all about money. It would depend how much exposure it generates. If it works, we’ll go forward. We love Coolio, he was a great sport. If he wants to do again, we’ll be more than happy to set it up.”

To the outside observer, PornHub may not be the most natural selection for an artist to distribute their work. But consider that PornHub draws 40 million visitors a day and is ranked the 47th most-visited site in the U.S. according to Alexa, and to an artist it starts to look pretty enticing.

While financial details of the deal weren’t disclosed, Blake said that it included some money upfront for Coolio, with Coolio agreeing to include some branding in his lyrics (they’re right there in the title, after all). PornHub will, instead of monetizing the video for advertisements as they do with the other content on the site, will direct viewers to wherever Coolio wishes — his website, his iTunes page. The contract was not a record deal, akin to a label.

According to Billboard, the move is part of a broader strategy for PornHub, which is looking to branch out from its smut-based roots in the hopes of penetrating mainstream culture.

“We’re changing the way that people see PornHub, that we’re more than just porn,” said Blake. “Obviously, we do porn… but combining music with sexy naked ladies can’t be a bad thing!”

New Video – Myke Self – 0 to 100 (Freestyle)

“Myke Self – 0 to 100 (Freestyle)”

Myke Self fuels up with phrenetic wordplay as he covers Drake’s “0 to 100.” Introducing topics such as the ever so popular collegiate party scene, the daily grind as in independent artist, and fan girls every artist desires, Myke is approaching the checkered flag rapidly. Atypical of the prevalent “frat rap,” Myke’s lyrical edge and passion for hip-hop implies that he’s taking the road less traveled. Currently in the studio recording his full length album titled “Self Made,” fans can expect more remixes, as well as a few singles being released in the next few months. A dark horse candidate has never been so destined for success.

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