Hollywood actor Adrien Brody revealed his appreciation for the hip-hop genre recently by reciting the late Notorious B.I.G.‘s “10 Crack Commandments” during a poetry reading in New York City.
While the event took place in late April, footage of the recital began floating across the Internet this week.
This is one of those affirming instances in which our beloved hip-hop culture stands tall in the eyes of practitioners of more traditional and widely accepted art forms. Award winning actor and filmmaker Adrien Brody may have unintentionally acted as a liason for hip-hop at a function held by the Academy of American Poets in NYC when he read the Notorious B.I.G.’s “10 Crack Commandments” in a spoken word format to the audience. Brody called Christopher Wallace one of the greatest poets of our generation. Safe to say this makes me more of an Adiren Brody simply because he had the guts to read Biggie’s graphic rhymes and took the initiative to school the poetry elite on what our culture has to offer. (The Source)
“10 Crack Commandments” is featured on B.I.G.’s platinum-selling Life After Death album.
Life After Death was released to a significant amount of critical praise and commercial success. In 2000, the album was certified diamond in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and it has been credited as one of the best-selling rap albums of all time. It also made the largest jump to number one on the Billboard 200 chart in history, jumping from number 176 to number one in one week. The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1998, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for its first single “Hypnotize”, and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for its second single “Mo Money Mo Problems.” (Wikipedia)
Earlier this month, Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow recited some of N.W.A.‘s lyrics during a televised interview.
“[Straight Outta Compton?] It’s a classic N.W.A. album,” Paltrow told BBC host Graham Norton before being asked to rap. “You want me to [rap?] There’s one word I can’t say. OK — ‘Yo, here’s a little something about a ‘uh’ like me, never should have been let out the penitentiary/Ice Cube, I like to say that I’m a crazy motherf*cker from around the way/Since I was a youth, I smoked weed out/Now I’m the motherf*cker that you read about.’ [laughs]” (“The Graham Norton Show”)
Last month, while being interviewed by Jay-Z, Paltrow revealed growing up to N.W.A.
“I first was exposed to hip-hop when I was about 16 (1988) by some boys who went to collegiate,” Paltrow revealed to Hov. “The Beastie Boys were sort of the way in for us preppie kids. We were into Public Enemy, Run-DMC and LL Cool J. But then I went to L.A. the summer between my junior and senior year of high school and I discovered N.W.A which became my obsession. I was fascinated by lyrics as rhythm and how [Dr.] Dre had a such different cadence and perspective from say, Eazy-E, who I thought was one of the most ironic and brilliant voices hip-hop has ever had. It was an accident that I learned every word of Straight Outta Compton and to love something that a.) I had no real understanding of in terms of the culture that it was emanating from and b.) to love something that my parents literally could not grasp. But I was hooked. I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night but I could sing to you every single word of N.W.A’s ‘F*ck Tha Police’ or [Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock‘s] ‘It Takes Two.’ Go figure.” (Life + Times)
Check out Adrien Brody’s recital below: