With the 81st Academy Awards ceremony taking place this weekend, SOHH talked to Cam’ron and Mike Jones about their favorite rapper-featured films and their own experiences on the set.
While there was no Oscar buzz floating around his 2002 Paid in Full performance, Cam spoke with SOHH about his big screen debut.
“It was a great experience, I got to work with Wood Harris who y’all know from “The Wire,” Mekhi Phifer. It was a pleasure working with both them guys they taught me a lot of stuff on the set. It was fun. I think I had to pull the part off really because everybody in Harlem knew that story as far as Alpo and Rich Porter and AZ and if I didn’t do a good job I would have to hear everybody’s mouth when I went back to the hood. So I studied the role, played the part and it turned out real good and I thank Dame Dash for the opportunity.” (SOHH)
Mike Jones also offered up his favorite rapper movies.
“I got another movie connected with my third album, called Expect the Unexpected dropping December 09. I like ATL because it was more of a hood going international. My top three would have to be Paid In Full, State Property, Part 1 and Part 2. Both were banging. The movies we watch they get to the point. They tell you the story and the action and get to the point. The movies in the theater, you might have to watch 45 minutes of bull shit before the action. (SOHH)
SOHH compiled a list of Holly-Hood’s Ten classic films featuring established rap stars.
Making the list is Set It Off known for featuring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith as bank robbers. Ice Cube‘s Boyz In The Hood and Friday also found its way in the Top 10 as iconic 90’s movies. The late Tupac Shakur‘s Juice was a definite must along with T.I. and Big Boi‘s ATL. Easily one of Will Smith‘s biggest blockbusters, Independence Day landed in the list as did Mos Def‘s role alongside Bruce Willis in 16 Blocks. DMX and Aaliyah‘s Romeo Must Die snagged a spot in the Top 10 as did Paid in Full which featured Cam’ron plus appearances by Dame Dash and Doug E. Fresh. Hitting the urban world hard was State Property, starring Beanie Sigel, Dame Dash, Memphis Bleek, Jay-Z and other Roc-A-Fella artists which also helped it make the list. (SOHH)
Sunday’s Academy Awards will also shine light on urban entertainers as a variety of artists’ films will go up for Oscars.
Wanted, starring Common, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman will compete for two awards in sound editing and sound mixing. Iron Man, which featured Terrence Howard and Robert Downy, Jr., will go up for awards in sound editing and visual effects. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Henderson leads the ceremony with 13 nominations in categories including best actor, supporting actress and overall picture. (Oscar)
Despite the current economy crisis, films have been able to profit in these rough times.
The movie business actually is in fine shape, relatively speaking. Box-office revenues and attendance so far this year are up more than 20 percent over the same period in 2008, with January grosses breaking the billion-dollar mark for the first time ever, according to the box-office tabulation company Media By Numbers. (Chicago Tribune)
The 81st Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday, February 22 at 8 p.m. EST.
Check out a portion of Cam’s interview with SOHH below: