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VH1 Set To Turn Dan Charnas' Best Selling Book "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop" into a TV Movie

The hip-hop scene has been featured on television more and more in the last few months.  With Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and FOX’s premiere of their new series Empire airing on Wednesday night we now have news that VH1 will be turning Dan Charnas’ best selling book “The Big Payback: the History of the Business of Hip-Hop” into a television film.  Setting the film during the 90’s in New York, The Hollywood Report reveals the plot will be as follows:

“The story centers around Nikki Jones, a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record exec. Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father’s laurels and notorious reputation. DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up. Nikki fast talks her way into an internship at the premier hip-hop company, Fouray Entertainment, and catches the eye of the label’s infamous founder, while David struggles at the city’s top R&B radio station whose celebrity DJ refuses to program real hip-hop. Meanwhile, DeeVee returns to his roots in the Fort Greene projects to scout for talent and runs into Ahm, a drug dealer with a lyrical gift whose talent could bring them all to the next level.  But they will soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.”

“The Breaks” will be co-produced and co-written by Charnas himself alongside The Wire and The Walking Dead’s writer Seith Mann and is set to air this fall.  What do you think of this news?

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