Rap star/mogul Jay-Z is planning to release a movie based around his upcoming conceptual album American Gangster.
The album contains all-new original material from Jay-Z and is his lyrical interpretation of the movie American Gangster, which stars Denzel Washington as 1970′s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas.
What I really plan to do is shoot [American Gangster, the album] as a movie. Like a better Streets is Watching. Jay-Z told AllHipHop.com during a recent interview. Doing it like a musical. Real stories and get somebody in there thats [going do to] real writing. Someone to shoot it like Godfather. I know thats a little ungracious, but thats how you gotta place it…”
Jay-Z’s American Gangster features guest appearances by Beanie Sigel, Nas and Bilal and production from Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes, Just Blaze, DJ Toomp, Sean “Diddy” Combs and others.
Jay-Z, who also plans to star in the movie version of his album, is also in the process of selecting a band for an upcoming tour.
I really look forward to touring, because of the music the musicality of it all,” Jay-Z said. “Im looking at a band right now. Im looking to tour this summer. With all that instrumentation thats in that album [American Gangster], forget about it.”
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