After a healthy serving of hype and a side order of flop, Jay-Z and Dame Dash's Roc-A-Fella Films division is set to release a new full-length movie as well as move into production on another.
More than a year after its completion, "Paid in Full" will finally hit theaters on September 6. The film, which stars Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris (currently starring in HBO's new crime drama "The Wire"), and Roc-A-Fella's own Cam'ron, is based on the lives of legendary Harlem druglords Rich Porter, AZ and Alpo. (Click for on-set photos from "Paid In Full").
For many theatergoers, the big-screen version of "Paid in Full" will be something of a rerun, as rampant bootlegging contributed to the delay of its original release (see "Streets Is Watching Cam'ron's 'Paid In Full' On Bootleg"). In the meantime, Roc-A-Fella Films released the critical disappointment "State Property" as well as wrapped production on its first comedy, "Paper Soldiers" (see "Roc-A-Fella Film Division Kicks Into High Gear").
According to Roc-A-Fella co-CEO Damon Dash, the company's next film project, tentatively titled "Death of a Dynasty," will be another comic effort this time a parody of the hip-hop industry in general, and of Dash and his franchise player, Jay-Z, in particular.