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03.31.08 25 Comments

Mos Def has been cast as Chuck Berry in the upcoming Chess Records period piece, Cadillac Records.

He joins Gabrielle Union (playing a girlfriend of Muddy Waters), Adrien Brody (Leonard Chess), Jeffrey Wright (Muddy Waters), Columbus Short (Little Walter), Eamonn Walker (Howlin’ Wolf), Beyoncé Knowles (Etta James), and Cedric the Entertainer (Willie Dixon).

Chuck Berry famously got the idea for Rock and Roll from his cousin Marvin, who made Chuck listen live to a crazy white kid who’d traveled back in time and was filling in on guitar at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance.  The kid’s showboating briefly brought the dance to a halt, but Chuck knew he was on to something so he re-recorded the song note for note.  

Berry also served jail time after some involvement with a 14-year-old waitress, and wrote a popular song called “Sweet Little 16”.  I guess what I’m trying to say is, maybe they should’ve cast R. Kelly?

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