The term “movie musical” usually brings to mind elaborate song-and-dance classics like “The Sound of Music” and “My Fair Lady” or “Chicago.” Sticky Fingaz is hoping to change that.
The Onyx MC has written, produced and directed “A Day in the Life,” a movie that consists entirely of rap dialogue. “I do music and I do movies,” he explained at last month’s BET Awards. “So I just merged the two together, like gumbo.”
The multitasking Sticky (born Kirk Jones) will also play a major role in the film. “I’m starring in it alongside Michael Rapaport, Omar Epps, Mekhi Phifer, Bokeem Woodbine, Fredro Starr, Clarence Williams III, Robert De Niro’s daughter Drena — it’s crazy,” he said.
While this big-screen project is ambitious, it’s not the rapper’s acting debut. Sticky Fingaz has appeared in numerous action-oriented films and TV shows, including “House of the Dead II,” “Doing Hard Time,” “The Shield” and “CSI.”
Sticky actually just returned to TV as the star of “Blade,” which was picked up by Spike TV following the success of the movie trilogy. Writer/director/producer David Goyer is producing the series; the two-hour pilot aired on June 28. The show tracks the trials and tribulations of the same half-vampire/half-human vigilante of the big-screen “Blade” flicks. And while training was necessary for the intense fighting sequences, Sticky Fingaz says he was more than ready for the challenge.
“I was born prepared,” he said. “You know, I always did boxing and stuff, but I did more training, kickboxing. It was interesting.”
In the meantime, the rapper insists he hasn’t forgotten about his musical roots. He has reunited with Onyx and is working on their new album, Black Rock, due in early 2007. Onyx also have plans to release “10 Years of Videos, History and Violence,” a DVD of 17 of their videos — including “Shut ‘Em Down,” “Throw Ya Gunz” and “Slam” — and bonus features like additional performances, a karaoke function and behind-the-scenes footage shot between 1992 and 1998.
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