Biopics are hot right now, this we know. But there’s a specific type of biopic in high demand right now thanks to the success of Straight Outtta Compton, which has brought in a record $141 million at the box office in just three weeks,
The Hollywood Reporter (THP) shared news yesterday that APA is now shopping a sequel to Compton titled Welcome to Death Row that would shed light on the stories of Suge Knight, Tupac, and Snoop Dog noting that “The F. Gary Gray-helmed film has ignited the hip-hop biopic market.” THP cited the initial workings on a forthcoming Tupac biopic as evidence of this rejuvenated interest and, as exciting is that news is, we have to wonder: where da ladies at?
As much as Compton has been lauded, the biopic was not without criticism, particularly for its exclusion of some of the more troubling aspects of N.W.A.’s come-up — like their misogynist lyrics and Dr. Dre’s history of domestic abuse. If women’s issues are going to be left out of these biographical tales of some of the industry’s greatest lyricists, it’s only right the stories of female rap pioneers be told, and there are a lot to choose from.
Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Salt N’ Peppa, and Lauryn Hill are the obvious choices, but so far there hasn’t been talk of much of an effort to bring their glass-ceiling breaking tales to the big screen, though in many cases these stories are still being written. We just hope Hollywood gets a hold of them before VH1 does, or worse, Lifetime.