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Young Jeezy unloads new film and movie, RZA creates headphones and DMC revisits what made him King -- read on for the Rap-Up list.
Young Jeezy Takes His “Ambition” To The Big Screen
Young Jeezy entered the game with his thug persona on front street. Millions of album sales later, the third installment of his “Thug Motivation” series of albums, “TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition,” is set to arrive in stores December 20. Showing his entrepreneurial bent, the Georgia rapper will be releasing his “A Hustlerz Ambition” docu-movie the same day. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and featuring Jay-Z, Rihanna and others, the film details Jeezy’s life, from the impact his mother had on him to how he enjoyed being by himself as a kid.
Although rappers always talk about spitting reality in their rhymes, it’s rare to actually see them talking about it in a movie. Directed by Chris Robinson (“ATL,” dozens of videos), Young Jeezy’s film has the potential to be a revealing look into the real life of one of rap’s biggest stars.
RZA Joins The Headphone Parade, Preps New App
The RZA became one of rap’s most respected producers in the mid-1990s thanks to the murky, gritty beats he created for the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, GZA/Genius and others. After sustained success behind the boards and more recently as an actor (“American Gangster,” “Californication”), the Wu-Tang mastermind becomes the latest rap A-Lister to enter the headphone market.
He’s partnered with the Swedish company WeSC to launch a premium collection of headphones called Chambers by RZA. The technology fiend will also be revealing his RZA’s World App soon. RZA made his mark by chopping, dissecting and combining sounds, so his taste in headphones and apps should not disappoint.
DMC Revisits Rap-Rock Sound and Style
Run-DMC was one of the catalysts for popularizing rap music and hip-hop culture in the mid-1980s. The revolutionary trio of DMC, Run and Jam Master Jay were rap’s first mainstream crossover stars and their patented blend of rap and rock music on such songs as “Walk This Way” and “King Of Rock” helped rap generate legions of new fans who had either dismissed the music or who were not familiar with it until they heard Run-DMC.
A solo act for several years, DMC has experimented with a variety of sounds, but his new “Rock Solid” track harkens back to his group’s famous sound. Produced by Jared Gosselin, the tune features DMC’s signature braggadocio rhymes and plenty of old school rap references and allusions. “Rock Solid” appears on DMC’s forthcoming album of the same name. It’s great to see one of rap’s pioneers still delivering quality material.