Joey Badass is looking get his acting career up to the level of his rap game — especially after his first movie role was in an Oscar-winner — so now he’s got his eye on a biopic.
In a new interview with Revolt, the Pro Era rapper boldly expressed his wish to play late MC Big L, who died in 1999.
Joey says aside from various people telling him how much he favors the Harlem rapper, he hopes to bring more visibility to Big L’s story.
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We spoke with Brian Shafton, a partner at RBC Records, which owns several masters to Big L’s music, and he thinks Joey would literally crush it.
Brian also agrees the film would be huge for Big L’s legacy, especially in these streaming times.
Joey’s 2020 film “Two Distant Strangers” — a big Netflix hit — took home the Oscar for Best Short Live Action, so the audience potential is definitely there. Brian says the only potential problem is that Big L’s songs are riddled with so many samples … it would be near impossible to license all the tracks for a film.
In the meantime, Joey’s busy honing his acting craft with a steady role on 50 Cent‘s “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” — and on the music side, he just wrapped his “2000” tour.
Just a hunch, but a Big L biopic without his music probably wouldn’t fly with fans.
However, if some genius filmmaker can figure out that part … Joey and Big L’s record label are standing and ready to roll!!!