Congrats to the duo of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, whose 2009 single, “Empire State of Mind,” which samples the 60’s soul ballad “Love On A Two Way Street,” reached the 5 million mark in sales this week.
The hit off Hova’s The Blueprint 3, won two Grammies for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sun Collaboration in 2011, and was nominated for 2011 Record of the Year. It’s the first single performed by Jay-Z or Alicia Keys to go platinum five times over, a feat approached by each and unrealized until now. It’s been said that Mary J. Blige was considered for the vocals, but that Keys’ skills won her out. Congrats to these two !!
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Michael K. Williams, who is a very versatile actor, will be portraying ODB in the upcoming biopic about ODB’s life. Williams has starred as Omar Little in “The Wire”, the right-hand-man to Wesley Snipes in the recent hit movie, “Brooklyn’s Finest” and currently has a major role on HBO’s critically acclaimed series, “Boardwalk Empire”
“I am doing a lot of research on Russell”, Williams said. “I had the pleasure of meeting his beautiful mother, Ms. Cherry. We sat down for, like, three hours, and she told me the most amazing stuff about her son and a lot of things that the public didn’t know. I’ve been talking to people who know him well … people who knew him when the cameras wasn’t rolling. I’ve got a lot of insight into who he was as a human being and as a man and, dare I say it, scholar. The dude was actually quite smart. You have to be able to recite mathematics and be five percent God body — you can’t play with that. You have to know what you’re talking about. It’s a lot of studying, a lot of knowledge.”
Williams also spoke on what to expect from this movie:
“It’s drama, but if you know ODB, there’s going to be some comedy, but we’re not playing to that. It’s going to be shot as a straight piece, no buffoonery, for lack of a better word,” Williams said. “It’s only going to cover the last two years of his life when he was released from prison to the day he died. It’s just an insight into what he struggled with in the public eye.”