John Singleton: The Hit [Outtakes From the July/August 2011 Issue]

Hip-hop hasn't accepted too many Hollywood movies into its framework, but John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood is one of them. Celebrating the movie's 20th anniversary today (July 12), director Singleton talked to XXL about the film's impact and influence on rap music, how he cast Ice Cube in the MC's first acting gig ever and why plans to book N.W.A in supporting roles fell through. —Mark Lelinwalla XXL: Did you ever think Boyz N The Hood would have the impact it has had on hip-hop culture? John Singleton: The picture, when we made it, there was nothing like it at the time. ...

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