With the new N.W.A trailer finally being released (And it looks as awesome as I thought it would), I thought that I would make a list of the other rappers that deserve a biopic, considering the fact that I am a huge hip-hop fan. These are artists that have not been portrayed in their own film on the big screen yet. With all that being said, let's get started.
7. The Game
The Game has an interesting story, and a lot could be done with a biopic about his life. We could either pick up once he is already established or trying to get established as a rapper. We could chronicle his quick rise to stardom with his debut, go through his beef with G-Unit and how that impacted his career and go from there. Or we could go through his wild upbringing, involvement in gangs and the drug game and how all of that led him finding hip-hop. There is a lot we could do with a Game biopic.
Dreamcasting: Michael B. Jordan
DMX is one of the most interesting characters in music, and this one is really a no brainer. Again, a lot of different avenues could be explored with a biopic. He had a really abusive childhood and that really effected how he handled success. We could also chronicle all of his drug and alcohol problems and his problems in marriage and with his wife. He was also an MC with instant success, with his first 4 albums debuting at number 1. On the Billboard charts, but he didn’t know how to handle success. He has a lot of demons in his closet, and it would be interesting to explore his life and his psyche.
Dreamcasting: Omar Epps
5. Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill, as one of the earliest female lyricists deserves a pic because of her unique perspectives in dealing with all of the fame and accolades. The pressures of fame got her after the release of her debut LP, which caused her to drop out of the public eye. A biopic could be told chronicling her rise with the Fugees, her debut and then the fall as the pressure of fame got to her.
Dreamcasting: Lupita Niyong'o
4. Big Pun
There are a lot of different directions you could take a Pun story, and his story deserves to be told. From his abusive and hard upbringing to how he was around his family and how his hard upbringing played a factor in his parenting. Not only that, but we could also delve into his rise to stardom, Terror Squad, his friendship with Fat Joe, the impact he had on Puerto Rican hip-hop and his struggles with obesity. We haven’t quite seen a biopic like this, and his story needs to be told.
Dreamcasting: Amaury Nolasco
3. Chief Keef and the Chicago drill scene
Ya… this one is a shocker for most people. Chief Keef is the leader and face of the drill scene in Chicago right now (although guys like Lil Durk are on the rise), and even though I am not a fan of Keef’s music, it would be interesting for a film to chronicle the drill scene in Chicago, and what these rappers had to face growing up and how they are trying to break that vicious cycle through rap, and how some rappers decide to stay in the cycle, because it’s all they know. We could chronicle Chiraq, and Lil Jojo’s death, and how stuff like that is so common. Again, this is not strictly a Chief Keef biopic, but Keef is one of the faces of Drill music, so he would be a prominent part of the film.
2. Lil Kim
Lil Kim was one of the first hardcore, female rappers ever, and she has a unique perspective that deserves to be told. She had a crazy upbringing, which included getting booted from her house by her father, and her meeting with Biggy changed her life basically. So, this might not be solely focused on her, as Biggy played a huge role in her life and music career, but Lil Kim’s story is unique, and as one of the pioneers of hardcore female MC’s, she deserves her own biopic.
Dreamcasting: Taraji P. Henson
This goes without saying, but Tupac is arguably the most influential hip-hop MC of all time, in fact, he is one of the most influential musicians of all time. Tupac was a true artist, and he made songs that went hard but he also did a lot to uplift people. Tupac, and the perspective he brought to life and hip-hop is a story that needs to be told, and it is long overdue. Technically a Pac film is in development with John Singleton on to direct, but that’s the only movement we’ve got on the film so far.
Dreamcasting: Nate Parker
Well... that's it. Leave you biopic and casting choices in the comments below.