Big Boi and Andre 3000 Star in ‘Idlewild’ Musical Film: Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Aug. 25, in hip-hop history...
2006: Both Big Boi and André 3000 appeared on the big screen before their leading roles in Idlewild, however the musical drama was the first major motion picture that saw the legendary MCs in their true element.
The film was directed and written by famed hip-hop video director Bryan Barber, who notably led the direction of OutKast’s “Roses” video. Idlewild revolves around performers Percival and Rooster—played by André Benjamin and Antwan Patton, respectively—who spend the majority of the movie fending off gangsters from Rooster’s Church speakeasy during 1930s’ Prohibition era. Percival, a soft-talking piano player, deals with his love interest by night and working at his father’s morgue during the day. Rooster, on the other hand, deals with several violent mishaps throughout, eventually walking away unscathed.
The musical’s star-studded cast notably includes Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, Ving Rhames, Macy Gray, Patti LaBelle and Cicely Tyson.
While Idlewild may have not been well-received by most critics, it did manage to open at No. 9 at the box office, bringing in over $12.5 million over time. The movie also won an award from the African-American Film Critics Association, coming in sixth place in their Top 10 Films category.
The soundtrack to the film, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, also serves as OutKast’s final collective effort. The jazz and swing-inspired Idlewild LP featured songs from the film as well as new singles like “Hollywood Divorce” featuring Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne. The project’s other standouts, “Mighty ‘O,”' “Idlewild Blue (Don’tchu Worry ‘Bout Me)” and the Scar and Sleepy Brown-assisted “Morris Brown” charted on the Billboard Hot 100 shortly before the album was certified platinum. The soundtrack album moved 196,000 units its first week.
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