With the incredible success of the F. Gary Gray-helmed N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton soaring past their $29M production budget – reeling in roughly $115.7M ticket sales within the past two weeks – it’s safe to say that future Hip-Hop biopics could be a profitable avenue to bring in the big bucks.
During an interview following the release of his Purple Tape-inspired collaborative Diadora’s N.9000 shoe release with Packer Shoes – The Chef, while signing autographs and building with fans – took time out to speak on several subjects.
Aside from revealing how the sneaker collaboration came to fruition, Chef Raekwon briefly spoke on when we can expect the aforementioned Purple Files documentary (celebrating 20 years of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx) as well as if there are any exciting plans for the 20th anniversary release for Ghostface Killah’s Ironman. In a nutshell, plans are already in motion for that.
“It’s already in the plans. When you think of great albums, you know, you’re looking at a lot of 20 year anniversaries coming up right now.” Rae continued “And I think the main thing is we all get behind that. It ain’t just a Raekwon or Ghost thing. I mean it’s a whole Hip-Hop legacy thing.” But of course.
At around the 9:12 mark, when asked if there will ever be a “Wu movie,” Rae had the following to say: “Ay yo, when we make a Wu movie, bet your ass its gonna be serious. Because we gotta tell the truth. And I think that’s what I love about the Straight Outta Compton movie is that they told the truth. When we do get to that level and it happens, it has to be the real story. It’s gonna be an interesting one, cause I said – RZA hit the lotto one day. He knew who he had, but he didn’t know what he had. So let’s keep it right there.”
While actual details are not set in stone, hopefully all this talk – pending approval from the other Wu members – may jump start something similar. I’m obviously all for it and would be great for our generation who actually grew up during the era, as well as the next generation who for whatever reason may not be familiar with the greatest rap group of all time.
Sound off with your opinions below. If the film ever does blossom, what topics and history should be written in?