On May 12, Detroit rapper Marshall "Eminem" Mathers III took to Instagram to share a black and white photo of himself holding a microphone. At first glance, the photo seemed to hint a title of a new movie or his upcoming album.
Unfortunately for Eminem's fans who have been waiting for the "Rap God" rapper to star in a film again after "8 Mile," "The Defiant Ones" is not a film starring the rapper. It is a documentary to be released on HBO on July 9.
"The Defiant Ones" is about the partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine as music moguls for more than two decades. The documentary was directed by Allen Hughes.
"We both grew up racially charged neighborhoods," Variety quoted Iovine as saying at a Television Critics Association press tour in January. "This is about the relationship between a white guy and black guy at a time when the country in this moment is so screwed up in this area. We stayed together under some of the most difficult working circumstances you could possibly have."
Viewers will get to see some behind-the-scenes footage with details of recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E and N.W.A.in the documentary, Hot New Hip Hop has learned. There will be conversations with rappers to be featured in the documentary, as well. Among them are Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Nas and Eminem.
A crime film also titled "The Defiant Ones" was released in 1958. It was about two escaped prisoners, a white man and a black man, who had to co-operate in order to survive as they were shackled together.
The white man named John "Joker" Jackson was played by the late Tony Curtis while the black man named Noah Cullen was played by Sydney Poitier. The film was directed by the late Stanley Kramer.
Watch a teaser of the HBO documentary "The Defiant Ones" here: