Music Wrap-Up: Tupac Shakur Musical Coming Soon, Young Jeezy Changes Name, And More
It’s Friday and here’s your music news happy hour. Here’s the news you may have missed this week.
Tupac "2Pac" Shakur musical coming to Broadway
You read that right! According to the Wall Street Journal, well known stage director Kenny Leon (“A Raisin In The Sun”) is gearing up to bring a musical based on the late west coast rapper Tupac “2Pac” Shakur called “Holler if Ya Hear Me.” Though the musical doesn’t have a theater yet, Kenny confirmed that 2pac’s family are in support of the musical and are on board with the project with 2pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, standing as a producer. Kenny describes the musical as being an “unconditional love story” and insists that the musical will not be about 2pac’s life but more so his music. September 13 will mark the 17th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s passing.
Miley was just being herself and making history, geez
Miley finally spoke out earlier this week regarding her much-publicized twerking in nude underwear while doing suggestive moves with a glammed up foam #1 finger. The interview was posted on MTV’s website and in the video Miley explained that she and Robin Thicke were looking to make history with their performance. She was even surprised that people were still talking about the performance days later saying that people were thinking about it more than she did when she decided to take the stage. “I didn't even think about it because that's just me," she said. I can say with 100% certainty that everyone safely came to the conclusion that Miley wasn’t thinking, no confirmation needed on that.
Rapper Jeezy isn’t so “young” anymore
Southern rapper Young Jeezy has announced that he will be dropping the “young” moniker from his name. Jeezy spoke with MTV’s Sway Calloway for RapFix Live and explained that time has led to growth and that he no longer needs the “young” in his name. “It sounds good because when I came in the game that's who I was and that was my state of mind, but I'm a grown man. Jeezy explained. “Those zeros get to adding up, you gotta drop the 'young.'" Jeezy joins a long list of rappers who have opted to switch up their names including Diddy who changed his name from Puff Daddy in 2001 and most recently Jay Z who dropped the hyphen from his name.
Katy Perry premiere’s video for ‘Roar’
In Katy Perry’s new video, the singer gives us a cross between “George of the Jungle” and ‘Survivor.” She crashes in an intimidating jungle but soon learns to adapt to her surroundings and become the queen of it. She makes all types of friends including an elephant along with a capuchin monkey who in my mind is the chain-smoking drug dealing monkey in Hangover 2. Katy’s “Roar” is currently #1 on Billboards Hot 100.
Chime time! Are you looking forward to a 2pac musical? Are you over Miley Cyrus yet? What do you think of Katy Perry’s new video?