“I’ma up at Brooklyn, now I’m down in Tribeca/Right next to De Niro, but I’ll be hood forever,” Jay-Z raps on “Empire State Of Mind” and certainly the man who grew up in the Marcy Houses is rolling in a new area code, with some considerably more upper crust friends. And while this pairing still seems sort of odd, Shawn Carter is able to grab this kind of talent these days.
This Labor Day weekend, you will be able to find Ron Howard at the “Budweiser Made In America” music festival where he’ll be making a documentary of some kind about Jay-Z. The festival, which the rapper is headlining, also features a random batch of acts including Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, Drake, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Odd Future, Janelle Monáe and Miike Snow, with the inclusion of the latter Swedish electronic musician indicating that “Made In America” is something that’s not being applied too harshly when it comes to the programming.
“This will not be a concert film; it’s a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made In America – what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it and how he relates to each artist,” Howard said about the movie that for all intents and purpose, will probably still be a concert film. Okay, maybe one with a bit more about WHAT IT MEANS TO BE JAY-Z.
No exact release date yet, but you can look for this one in 2013. In the meantime, Ron Howard has plenty of time of finish up his racing drama “Rush,” which won’t hit theaters until next fall, and try and find a new home for “The Dark Tower” that Warner Bros. just turned down. [Deadline]