How 2 Build a Rapper
“THE SPINAL TAP OF THE RAP INDUSTRY” ………….”OFFICIAL SELECTIONS”………. Texas Black Film Festival San Francisco Black film Festival Sweet Auburn International Film Festival Arizona Black Film Festival (Nom…best doc) This DocuDramedy follows a young artist as he’s put through the paces by two producers looking to answer the question: Can You Build a Rapper? The producers, Lew and Cetre, set out for an open mic night in Watts, CA, and find JP, an inspiring, 24 year old WHITE kid from St. Augustine, FL with no skills of any use to a rapper but only the rawness of his dream–he plays the acoustic guitar for goodness sake! In the DocuDramedy, JP shares his personal stories and he takes us home to Florida to meet his friends and family. Back in LA, the Producers begin JP’s transformation–he records a demo and learns the essentials of hip-hop culture, including the “right way” to tip a stripper (exotic dancer), get a haircut at a predominantly black barbershop, how to fire a firearm like a “gangsta,” and a host of other scenarios. Industry professionals such as Manager Mark Byers, Celebrity Stylist Patrick Cooper, Platinum Recording Artist Big Boi of Outkast, Super Producers Jazze Pha, Chucky Thompson, Zuckhan Bey, Sr. VP of Publishing Valerie Patton all lend a hand to teach what he’ll need to know to make it. We’ll follow scrawny JP as he becomes a hip-hop savvy cat who can kick it on Crenshaw. See Lew work diligently in the studio with JP and Cetre pound the pavement in search of the elusive record deal. Watch JP at another Open Mic Night after much practice to see if he improves. The film culminates in an actual A&R meeting with both Capitol Records Darius Jones and Interscope Records Angelo Sanders. Maybe the Producers are the “real artists” and you really can build a rapper? Or maybe sometimes what you dream is to BIG… ……………….CAST…….
…………… Big Boi Big Boi is one half of one of hip hops greatest acts, Outkast. With seven Grammy’s and film roles in Idlewild, ATL, and Who’s Your Caddy? Big Boi is an international star whose name is known in most households across the world. Jazze Pha Jazze Pha’s first hit was the club anthem from Tela “Sho Nuff”. Other artists in which this mega producer has done tracks for include Nelly, Ludacris, Trick Daddy, T.I. and Lil’ Wayne. He is also credited with bringing R&B singer Ciara national attention with her solo album Goodies, producing such tracks as “1, 2 Step”, which featured Missy Elliott. Chucky Thompson Thompson was a member of Bad Boy Entertainment’s “Hitmen” team of in-house producers, worked with Bad Boy mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs with artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Mase, TLC, Mary J. Blige’s “My Life”, and Faith Evans’ debut “Faith”. On his own, Thompson has also worked with artists such as Kelly Price “Love Sets You Free”, 2000, Nas “One Mic”, 2002, Disturbing tha Peace’s latest artist, female vocalist Shareefa’s debut and he also produced the bulk of Emily King’s debut album East Side Story in 2007. Valerie Patton Valerie Patton’s music publishing experience and savvy has earned her writers/artists a total of nine Grammys. Three years in a row her artists have won either song of the year or songwriter of the year. Patton is responsible for chart-toppers such as Tyrese’s “Sweet Lady”, Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together”, too many Outkast hits to name, along with several others. Marc Byers A former Atlantic Records Executive and Capitol Records Consultant, a co-owner of Rockstar Entertainment; represents Grammy Award winning producers Andre Harris and Vidal Davis, as well as Recording Artist Beanie Sigel. Marc is also a partner with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Zukhan Bey Zukhan started off s a drum programmer for hit-maker Scott Storch. He’s gone on to produce tracks for several big name artists such as Jay Z, The Roots, LL Cool J, Memphis Bleek, Beyonce, Ludacris and Jim Jones Platinum single “Ballin”. Darius Jones Darius Jones knows talent when he sees it. Jones is responsible for the discovery of artists Chingy and J. Holiday. His A&R work also includes delivery of albums for such artists as Dem Franchize Boyz and Faith Evans. Angelo Sanders Working under super producer, Dr. Dre, Sanders involvement on a number of hits and big name artists is invaluable. He has worked with Eminem, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, and A&R’d the Game’s breakout album. Patrick Cooper When one thinks hip-hop fashion, Patrick Cooper’s name comes to mind. If you’ve seen a few music videos in your lifetime, then you’ve most likely seen Patrick Coopers touch, having worked with a myriad of artists such as Sean “Puffy ” Combs, Goodie Mob, Cee-Lo, and Outkast, to name a few.