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‘Empire’ Scribes To Pen Hip-Hop Film

The writers of Empire are expanding their pen game and going from TV series to film script.

Hip-hop will remain the DNA, but the story will change a bit as Malcolm Spellman and Carlito Rodriguez have been tapped to tell the story of Sugar Hill Records co-founder Sylvia Robinson.

Known as the “Mother of Hip-Hop,” Robinson set a pioneering tone in rap with her savvy business techniques and ear for music production – cue “Rapper’s Delight” and “The Message.”

These records both introduced rap and pushed the style of hip-hop to a mainstream platform, while presenting the full storytelling essence of the genre.

Spellman and Rodriguez’s film is said to have more of an ‘American Hustle feel and will focus on the behind-the-scenes grind of releasing the first rap record.

Both writers step into the project with music experience. Rodriguez once held the editor-in-chief title at The Source and Spellman co-heads a small-record label along with artist management.

Get a peek inside the Empire writers’ room in the below video!