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N.W.A & Run-dmc's Kids -- Rapper Spawn Shopping Reality Show

10 December 2012 3:30 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

It's an homage to N.W.A and Run-dmc's sperm -- a brand new reality show starring the sons of rappers from the famous hip hop groups ... and it's currently being shopped to major networks ... TMZ has learned.The name's the best part -- sources close to production tell us, "Seeds of Hip Hop" will star Dr. Dre's son Curtis Young, Eazy E's son Eric Lynn Wright Jr., Mc Ren's son Anthony Dunbar, »

- TMZ Staff

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Director F. Gary Gray Takes On ‘Straight Outta Compton’

10 April 2012 1:26 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: As Deadline revealed earlier today,  F. Gary Gray is in final talks to helm Straight Outta Compton. That’s the New Line project that traces the formation of seminal hip hop group Nwa, which launched careers including Eazy E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Mc Ren and DJ Yella. The group branded itself with volatile songs like Fuck tha Police and politically charges songs that reflected the growing ire of urban youth in the 1980s and set the tone for gangsta Los Angeles rap culture. The film was set up at New Line by Cube’s Cube Vision. Gray last directed Law Abiding Citizen, Be Cool and The Italian Job. He has also directed music videos for Ice Cube. Gray is repped by UTA and Principato-Young. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Eazy E's Son -- My Dad's Grave Was Littered with Beer Cans and Blunts

29 March 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Eazy E's grave has become a popular destination for thrill-seeking boozers and potheads -- this according to the late rapper's son.Eric Wright Jr. tells TMZ, he visited his dad's place of rest on the anniversary of his death -- March 26th -- and when he arrived, the gravestone was covered in empty beer bottles and marijuana cigarette butts.Wright says he spent several minutes cleaning it off -- then sat for a few »

- TMZ Staff

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Ice Cube, Movie Star, Rapper, Writer, Director: Looking Back At Controversial Star's Career

16 March 2012 9:20 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, as moviegoers laugh along to Ice Cube's comic turn as a churlish police officer in the new comedy "21 Jump Street," how many will recall that the multi-talented performer was once so controversial that his very image was banned from public display in the state of Oregon? The specific cause of the ban was the cover of Ice Cube's 1991 solo album, "Death Certificate," which showed him pledging allegiance to Uncle Sam. Patriotic enough, except that this Uncle Sam is dead, laid out on a gurney and wrapped in the American flag. It was hardly the first time Ice Cube had provoked controversy with his raw, combative commentary on U.S. society. Ice Cube (given name: O'Shea Jackson) first made a name for himself as a member of the rap group N.W.A., whose unapologetic celebration of gangster life in South Central, Los Angeles, earned the adoration of millions »

- Alex Suskind

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Rachel Bilson, Wilson Bethel go 'Thug Lite': Watch the 'Call Me Doctor' video now

18 January 2012 9:38 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Last fall, "Hart of Dixie" star Wilson Bethel wrote The CW's "Give a Shirt" mock-psa, proving that he's more than just a (very, very, extremely, perfectly) handsome face. Now, in anticipation of "Hart of Dixie's" return to our screens next week, he's bestowed yet another hilarious gem on the internet.

Meet Thug Lite, Aka Rachel Bilson, flanked by "Dixie" co-stars Bethel and Scott Porter in "Call Me Doctor," a hilarious anthem that parodies everything from their own show to "Black Swan." There are even references to her "O.C." co-stars. We love it!

"Eazy E? Biggie Smalls? Hova? Step aside: We making rap music history tonight," Bethel tweeted in the hours leading up to the big debut. "The Future Of Hip-hop: Mc Rachel 'Thug Lite' Bilson."

What do you think of the video? Watch below & drop us a comment.

Call Me Doctor with Rachel Bilson from Rachel Bilson »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Dr. Dre Might Feature His Children in N.W.A. Film

4 January 2012 10:19 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Dr. Dre has confirmed that’s he’s considering casting his children in an upcoming N.W.A. film, TMZ is reporting. The rapper, who was a member of the influential hip-hop group between 1986 and 1991, said he and his wife, Nicole Threatt, having been discussing the possibility with fellow N.W.A. singer Ice Cube and Eazy E. While Dr. Dre said “We’re talking about it…we’ll see what happens” about featuring the children, who would play their fathers, in the proposed movie, Ice Cube has been talking about the film for several years. However, he’s currently busy with the upcoming fourth installment of his successful ‘Friday’ series, which has been recently been put on »

- karen

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Dr. Dre -- We Might Put Our Kids in New N.W.A. Movie

3 January 2012 6:35 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Don't worry about Dr. Dre's kids ... or Ice Cube's ... or Eazy E's ... 'cause they might have a future in film -- playing their fathers in an upcoming N.W.A. flick.The rap icon and his wife were outside Red O restaurant in L.A. this weekend when we asked about the rumor that they were all planning to put their kids in the movie. Dre responded, "We're talking about it ... we'll see what happens. »

- TMZ Staff

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