Q-Tip, Mary J. Blige, Fat Joe and Elvis Costello probably don’t have too many songs common to their various repertoires, but soon they will all have “Prison Song” to add to their respective lists of credits.
All four artists will feature in “Prison Song,” a movie which follows a young man from poverty through imprisonment, according to the “Hollywood Reporter.” As we reported last month, Q-Tip will star in the film, which he co-wrote (see “Q-Tip Gets ’Amplified’ For Debut Solo Album ). The rapper will also serve as music supervisor.
Director Darnell Martin teamed up with the rapper on the script, and she will co-executive produce with Q-Tip as well.
Blige, Fat Joe, and Costello will all have roles in the film, which will be co-produced by Robert De Niro. Shooting is slated to begin this month in New York.
Q-Tip had a bit part in the 1993 Janet Jackson-Tupac Shakur film “Poetic Justice,” and Fat Joe has appeared
in “I Like It Like That,” a previous film by director Martin. Fat Joe also will be in the upcoming films “King” and “Thicker Than Water” (see “Ice-T To Produce Film For Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Big Pun” ).
Mary J. Blige has logged less screen time than her co-stars. She’s slated to appear in an upcoming episode of “Moesha,” but has no prior film credits on her resume (see “Mary J. Blige To Drop In On ’Moesha;’ New LP Features DMX, K-Ci, More”).
Costello, meanwhile, has been appearing as himself in a number of films recently, including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “200 Cigarettes” and the Spice Girls’ “Spice World” (see “Spice Girls Unveil Their World” ). He has actually played non-autobiographical roles in earlier films, such as 1987’s “Straight To Hell,” 1985’s “No Surrender” and 1979’s “Americathon.”
— Brian Ives