Ask a hundred rappers how to get famous, and chances are you’ll get a hundred different answers. Build street cred by selling drugs and flashing weapons. Polish the lyrical linguistics. Perfect the freestyle. Make a YouTube video. Have an uncle who’s a record producer. The list goes on, but very few rap artists – one, actually – can say they achieved any level of fame because James Franco played them in a movie or one of their music videos.
For his film Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine was influenced by the dreadheaded independent St. Petersburg, Florida rapper Russ “Dangeruss” Curry, whose video for his mixtape single “My Fork” caught Korine’s eyes and ears. He met with Franco, who tried to use “My Fork” in the film, but Dangeruss allowed him to use the song from the above video, “Hangin With Da Dopeboys,” and Franco certainly gives 8 Mile a run for its money when it comes to race-transcending characters who also rap.
The video for “Hangin With Da Dopeboys” wasn’t so much “directed” by James Franco as it was a compilation of footage that Franco shot of Dangeruss as the two spent an afternoon together. Here’s what Franco told MTV.com about the experience.
Spring Breakers intrigued SXSW viewers, and was the number one grossing limited release last week at the same time Oz: The Great and Powerful held onto the number one spot at the regular box office. Will this have a larger effect on Dangeruss’ career than it already has? Time will tell, and it will use a slow Southern drawl when it does. Check out the drug references a plenty in the inspirational video for “My Fork” below.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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