For a genre of music that is firmly ingrained in our pop culture, it’s amazing how few shows about hip-hop actually make it to screen (and no I’m not counting Love and Hip-Hop or Marrying The Game, because they don’t exist *plugs ears* la la la). XBox Studios, who have been trying to get a series off the ground, is hoping to change that though, as they’ve just signed a deal to develop a music series on the rise of Nas’ career in the 1990’s.
Titled Street Dreams, the project, from Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell’s Electric City Entertainment (The Place Beyond The Pines), is set in the 1990s in Long Island’s Queensbridge housing complex, where Nas grew up, and takes a look at music, family and the trials and tribulations of the rap game.
I love how rap is always a “game” in publicity statements. Am I wrong for thinking this could be pretty good, and not only because as a white guy in his early 30s I am contractually obligated to say that Illmatic is one of the defining rap albums of the 1990s? Nasir Jones is one of the best rappers alive and very little is known about his early life besides the fact he’s from Queens and his daddy was jazz musician. I just hope they stop the series before getting to the beef with Jay-Z, who will inevitably be played by Forest Whitaker.
I don’t know about you, I would really look forward to hearing this theme song each week:
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