Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Fresh Prince and Jay Z: Wealth Building Partnership
I would like to give mega-props to Hip Hop royalty - Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) and Jay Z (aka Shawn Carter) - that get the big picture of what can be accomplished with fame and fortune.
It turns out that we didn’t need a fortuneteller to see this collaboration coming. Early signs of it showed when Willow Smith was signed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. And what exactly is the collabo? Billboard.com reports: Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Overbrook Entertainment have formed a joint-venture with Jay-Z to develop and produce major motion pictures. The kick-off project will be a remake of the Broadway musical “Annie”, which will cast none other than Willow Smith for the leading role. The movie will be developed with Sony Pictures Entertainment and produced by Overbrook and Jay-Z.
“The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision. We’ve already produced a Tony Award-winning play and we’re developing a true superstar in Willow. This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative and innovative.” read more
And look out Fela comes to USA:
Rappers Jay-Z and Will Smith are among the investors in a Broadway play about the life of Nigerian singer/activist Fela Kuti.
The heavyweight Hip-Hop duo are backing an $11 million dollar production of Bill. T. Jones' musical "Fela," which will open in November.
The original version of the play opened off-Broadway last September, starring actor Sahr Ngaujah, who will reprise his critically acclaimed role as Fela Kuti.
Financial concerns due to the recession briefly halted production of the play, which was written and co-produced by Steve Hendel.
Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones choreographs and directs "Fela" using the pioneering Afro-Beat style of music Kuti created with his Black-Panther inspired group, Africa 70.
Kuti was one of Africa’s most well known musicians and activists and was eventually imprisoned and released by the Nigerian government on a currency smuggling charge.
The singer died in 1997 due to complications from AIDS. read more
Well done. Other hip hop artist - Soulja Boy and Lil Wayne - this is what you can do with your money. Take note.