by Andrew McMahone
When was the last time you watched a movie that contained no music? Also, when was the last song that wasn’t eventually accompanied by a music video? Movies and music are two completely different mediums in the entertainment industry, but collaborate so often that it’s hard to imagine one without the other, especially movies. So it should come as no surprise that movies centering around the music industry, and it’s stars, are being released more frequently.
According to a teaser posted on his website, Kanye West is one of those stars. Coming off the success of his latest album, “Yeezus”, which was certified platinum back in January, West has partnered up with director Hype Williams to make a movie based on his latest world tour for “Yeezus.” Williams and West have worked together on over a dozen video, including hits songs “Gold Digger”, “Stronger”, and “All of the Lights”, so the chemistry between the two alone gives the film the potential to be something special. Not much about the film is concrete quite yet, but the title, or the “working title”, is “Yeezus the Movie.”
West’s “All of the Lights” co-star Rihanna also appears to be throwing her hat further into the acting ring, starring in the upcoming animated DreamWorks film, “Home.” The 3D film is based around Adam Rex’s 2007 children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday, in which the pop star* will play teenager Gratuity “Tip” Tucci. Though it’s not her first time on the silver screen, making guest appearances in Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006), Battleship (2012), and This Is the End (2013), it’s easily her biggest role yet, starring alongside movie and television veterans Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez. Rihanna will also provide the concept album for the film, however, it’s unclear when the album will be released.
Rihanna’s “Home” is scheduled to hit theaters on November 26th, while West’s “Yeezus the Movie” has yet to been given a release date. It will be interesting to see if Kanye West and Rihanna’s musical talent will have similar correlate to success on the silver screen as well. Weather* they are so successful that they need an “umbrella” to shield themselves from the rain of money, or they were “Bound 2” fail from the start, you can guarantee we will be watching.