Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dr Dre may score Nina Simone biopic

More details are emerging surrounding the biopic about legendary jazz singer Nina Simone. It now appears that the film's executive producer Gene Kirkwood and its director Cynthia Mort are in preliminary talks with Dr. Dre to score the film. 
"If we can get Dr. Dre involved it could be very modern arrangements" that make up for the score in Nina, Kirkwood said in an interview with The Grio. "He's going to see a rough cut in about a week and a half. I would love for him to do what Quincy (Jones) did with In The Heat of The Night and (what) Quincy did with In Cold Blood. Quincy did a lot of scoring. I would love if Dre's next step would be to score it. That would be a great challenge."  
Nina, currently in post-production will be director Cynthia Mort's first feature length film and will star actress Zoe Saldana as Nina. Saldana fell under much scrutiny after she was announced as the star of the film. During an interview with The NY Times, Simone's daughter, Simone Kelly said she disagreed with Saldana's casting and she would've rather seen Viola Davis cast in the role of her mother. 
A Change.Org petition was placed online last fall asking for producers to replace Saldana, but they ignored it and chose to go with Saldana anyway. Finally, singer India.Arie also criticized the casting choice. The issue was that Zoe Saldana looks nothing like Nina did, but producers and director Cynthia Mort stuck with their choice. 

Nina Simone album cover
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Nina Simone album cover

Nina Simone was a singer, songwriter, piano player and civil rights activist, Billboard notes. She was known as the High Priestess of Soul. Nina died in 2003 at the age of 70. She had been living in France for decades.  
Nina will be released later this year and will focus on Nina Simone as a singer, as a woman, and on a "complex being" discovering inner truths about conflict and love," The Grio reports. The film will also focus on Nina's mental and emotional struggles. "Nina was bipolar," Kirkwood explained. "She was kind of out there. The film will explore a very special, unique relationship she had with this man she picked up at Cedars. He had no idea what he was getting into."
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  1. love dre, wish detox would finally be released... but lets hope if he does jump on this..... it actually gets finished!!! lol

  2. Detox better not get released - its already epic and a classic and if he releases it and it sucks - then it will spoil everything and mess up Dre's name.
    IF he procudes some few tracks on EMs upcoming album and overlooks it and makes its proper - then he can release Detox afterwards - but he needs to be on a good classical album - with some of his own beats - and were is the talented dude that was producing EMs previous tracks -

  3. honestly - no one cares about Dr Dre anymore; he shud not make empty promises.
    Hip Hop is at its weakest now - and it would be a perfect time to drop Detox.
    I havent heard anything solid recently even from this bubble gum rap crap we hear.
    On my way to work - I was listening to Restless album by Xzibit; and the songs Dre produced are just insane - the guy definately knows how to make good music and i think its about time he grows a pair and produce some hectic stuff

    Did you know that the song that made slim shady "My Name is" They made it in one day.
    It was an instant hit. Em is very creative - used to play around with words and the flow: made Stan, and a lot of other crazy songs; "Without me" - but now - nothing.

    Its not just dre that fell of the wagon - its the entire hip hop era of our generation and expecting Dre to be different is just unfair on so many levels.
    Give me one artist in that era that is still relevant and big. They all tried but failed.

    Dre released the entire relapse album (expect for that one song Em produced which i hate); but reception on that album was wack. People did not like it saying it sounds too monotonous. People wanted change; fresh - and Eminem listened and went to Weeezy; and Em released an album that only had a week effect (bubble gum music). Lack of creativity

    Dr Dre's produced albums that were classics were not produced by Dre alone - and there is a lot of people that had a hand in them. Hittman was the biggest player in that album considering he raps on most songs - and who is hittman? no one knows; he is bigger than Nate and snoop on that Chroni 2001.

    Beatwise - Dre produced with the help of other gr8 producers such as melman, scott storch, etc
    And they probably used to smoke a lot of ish while making music. But Dre is old now and probably does not smoke that crap anymore - and neither are his buddies- so how on earth do you expect him to produce the same stuff????

    Be real guys - stop this nonsense

  4. True, true... but I'm gonna have to wait next 10 years for any album Dre

  5. dre does a lot of things ...... in his head

  6. The truth is Dre hasn't done a thing since 2005.

    1999-2005 the shady,aftermath,gunit family ran hip-hop then all of a sudden nothing.

    The relapse album had some serious heat production wise but Em wasn't quite there with the lyrics.

    I think the sales of relapse reflected that and maybe hurt Dre a litlle cus it seems him and dawaun parker have parted ways which is sad cus the production on relapse and the big bang were dope.

    All dre has done the last few years is make empty promises and commit to things that never get released.

    Detox, The Planets, Ice Cube album, N.W.A project, hell even the games red album was supposed to be under the aftermath umberella and have dre production all over it.

    Stat Quo, Bishop Lamont, Joell Ortiz, G.A.G.E, Xzibit, Snoop Dogg and 50 cent were supposed to all have dre produced albums in the last 7-8 years and we have had nothing.

    Dre needs a lift and he needs it soon. Hip-Hop is dead and it needs the doctor to revive it.

  7. Production on Relapse was dope. Eminem did not do a good job; it could have done with some features; like xzibit (to try revive his career)

    Good producers will leave Dre - because they cant wait forever and work on things that dont get released.

    Hell I think he should call on all the big guns to release one dope album

    Get LilKim, Snoop, Eminem, and the newly appointed K.Dot.

    K.Dot is good but can be great on some sick beats with some serious feature. His album had nice story telling but lacks the kick it deserved.

    Dre has lots of beats probably - but Eminem has shown us that a gr8 rapper can make any beat sound great. He needs to tap into Shady character to get some inspiration.

    Dre just needs to inspire his peeps

    The time is now - there is no competition - hip hop is dead.

  8. Kendrick Lamar is good but, I agree, his album lacked that extra something and that was dre beats.

    How can an album come out from aftermath's camp and have no dre beats on whatsoever, that was the most shocking thing ive ever come across.

    Can you imagine a G.O.O.D Music album with no Kanye, a shady records album with no Eminem or a rocafella with no Just Blaze, it just doesn't make sense.

    There has to be some serious shit in dre's vault that is dying to be heard that I hope one day we will have the pleasure of listening to.

    I have followed detox very closely over the last 10 years and while people close to dre may say some shit just to hype it up, the whole damn industry can't be wrong.

    Nearly every rapper, producer, singer, dj, ghostwriter and mixer have said they "have heard classic shit that will shut the game down".

    Interviews I have read have shown that dre spends 8-16 hours a day producing music and working on potential detox material, yet we have heard pretty much nothing since late 2005, and most of the shit we have heard hasn't even been produced by dre.

    I should have given up hope like most of dre's fans but I can't, I know that dre has one more classic left, and besides, surely dre does not want to be the man who did not deliver detox cus when the dust settles on his historic career that's what people will say despite all the top notch shit his given us.

    Hey, wasn't it dre that once said "I want this album to be the one people remember me for".

    Wake up dre!!!!

  9. I think it's all part of a plan . there's a reason why we we have not heard any Dre tracks . I think we will not see any significant amount until Detox drops That has to be the reason. We may see a few with Ems new album I think that Kendrick's was fine without any Dre tracks. May he didn't want to overdue it and has plans to produce his sophomore release. I still have hope for Detox whenever it drops it drops