Jay-Z Talks About Bringing Street Story To Film

As we first reported last week (see "Jay-Z Hits The Road After 'No Way Out'"), the rapper recently finished shooting "Streets Is Watching" which was based in part on the tracks from his album, "In My Lifetime, Volume 1."

In a conversation with our comrades in the MTV Radio Network, Jay-Z said that the main inspiration for the script came from a true story that has become well-known on the street.

"It's a real life thing taking place," Jay-Z told MTV Radio. "A couple of hustlers back in '88 or '90... We have the newspaper clippings. It's a real story. It's a famous story in the city among the underground people and the people that's in the know, it's a very famous story, and a very touching story. People really want to see how that story went down, and then a lot of people can relate to it across the country. We definitely

feel that's going to be a very big project for us." [500k Audio File]

Jay-Z and Damon Dash, his partner in Roc-A-Fella Records, co-wrote the treatment for the film, and landed Abdul Abbott and Schavaria Reeves to direct it.

The film, which will feature music videos incorporated into the action, will debut on pay-per-view before arriving on video on April 28.

Of course, a soundtrack will also arrive on April 28, which features B-sides and previously unreleased tracks from Jay-Z as well as cuts from other Roc-A-Fella artists.

Here's what you'll find on the "Streets Is Watching" soundtrack:

  • "It's Alright" - Jay-Z & Memphis Bleek
  • "We Need The Doe" - Diamond In Da Ruff
  • "Love For Free" - Rell & Jay-Z
  • "You're Only A Customer" - Jay-Z
  • "Your Love" - Christion & Jay-Z
  • "Celebration" - Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Wais, Sauce Money
  • "Crazy" - Usual Suspects
  • "Kill To Live" - Ranjahz
  • "Thugs" - DJ Clue featuring

    Noreaga

  • "In My Lifetime (Remix)" - Jay-Z (two more tracks to be determined)