The good news is that this will not be a biographical narrative, despite the personal lyrical nature of the title song, but rather, according to Entertainment Weekly, a “story about two friends in the inner-city in the Midwest.” Todd Kreidler wrote the play and Broadway veteran Kenny Leon will direct.
The show is authorized by Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur, who runs her son’s estate. She will serve as a producer. Holler If Ya Hear Me opens June 19th.
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Sad news in the world of special effects today as The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Digital Domain Media Group, the company responsible for the Tupac Hologram that made headlines following its Coachella debut, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
While the Tupac hologram, which was really the product of Illuminati magic and thus not a real hologram, was the most recent effort of note from Digital Domain, their special effects work can be seen in a number of major motion pictures and television projects. The company, founded by deep sea explorer and occasional director James Cameron, has provided effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Speed Racer, and Titanic, amongst other projects.
Drake must be the luckiest guy in music. He’s got an enviable portfolio of assets: looks, talent, street cred, excellent connections, gold and multi-platinum. Now the Canadian rapper has a beautiful woman, too”at least a controlling interest in her legacy. But is ownership of the next posthumous phase of Aaliyah’s career one benefit too many?
That’s what some are wondering as we approach the 11th anniversary (on August 25) of the death of Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001, at age 22, cutting short one of the most promising careers in music. Since then, there’s been scant new material issued under her name. I Care 4 U, a posthumous album released in December of 2002, was followed by nearly a decade of silence.
Until now. Earlier this month, Drake unveiled a new Aaliyah track, Enough Said, credited to Aaliyah featuring Drake and produced by the rapper’s Take Care collaborator Noah 40 Shebib. There’s more: Drake has promised a new Aaliyah album, executive produced by himself and 40, with 13 or 14 tracks, to be released later this year.
But is it a true Aaliyah album if key players in her life and legacy”namely her immediate family”are left out of it? Her brother, Rashad Haughton, went so far as to deny the family’s involvement on Aaliyah’s Facebook fan page. There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family, he posted on August 7, several days after Drake released the new single. (more…)
It was 10:45 Sunday night when Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg hit the main stage to close out the three-day music festival at Coachella. When the lights went low, the infamous West Coast duo resurrected some old hits and old friends for their highly anticipated, headlining set. 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Eminem all came out to perform famous collaborations with the prolific pair; leaving lots of room for long breaks for Dre. An elaborate hologram of the late Tupac Shakur appeared alongside the duo onstage to deliver his verses from Two Of America’s Most Wanted and Hail Mary from beyond the grave. The tribute was interesting; but a bit morbid as well and the crowd seemed a bit puzzled to say the least. Overall, the ninety-minute headlining set was nostalgic at best; and while it was enjoyable; Dre’s contribution didn’t suggest the comeback he has been promising for years now. Backstage fans included Rihanna, Fergie, Will.I.Am and the Fire Marshall shut down the area for capacity reasons, leaving stars like Paris Hilton scrambling from the side stage.