After causing plenty of raucous together in The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are teaming up to develop a new TV series with hip-hop artist Q-Tip, founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, and also the Native Tongues collective.
The series would be loosely based on Q-Tip’s experiences during the Native Tongues era, which brought hip-hop artists together in the late 80s and 90s known for their positive-minded lyrics, often with Afrocentric themes. A Tribe Called Quest was part of that collective, and the show will focus on a character inspired by the rapper’s experiences with the group, which spawned friendships and a strong culture that still influences music today.
Q-Tip’s series will be a drama produced by DiCaprio and his Appian Way production banner, and Deadline says it will be searching for a network home beginning next week.
There’s no writer on board yet, but with Hill and DiCaprio producing, they shouldn’t have a problem getting someone great lined up. With Donald Glover’s Atlanta-based music scene series coming to FX, it looks like we’ll have a bit of a battle on our hands. For more info about Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest, check out Michael Rappaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.
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