DJ Premier will serve as Executive Producer and will craft the score for the upcoming VH1 film, The Breaks, which is based off the book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. The film will be set in hip-hop's glory days of the early 90's and will take a look into the music business and how the genre was marketed then. The series is being written, directed, and produced by The Wire writer Seith Mann. It will air on the network in the fall.
Billboard is reporting that The Replacements will return to the studio to work on new music once their summer tour ends. The magazine is also reporting that Rhino will release box sets of 1981's Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, 1982's Stink, 1983's Hootenanny, and 1984's Let It Be and their major label releases 1985's Tim, 1987's Pleased to Meet Me, 1989's Don't Tell a Soul and 1990's All Shook Down which will arrive later this year. A documentary on the band is also in the works.
Danny Brown recently did a Twitter Q&A and was asked if his new record was finished. Brown replied, "Almost, I took a break from it cause I'm so ahead of schedule with it knowing it ain't coming out no time soon."
Moby is set to open a vegan restaurant in LA called Little Pine this summer. The restaurant will initially serve dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends.
Frank Ocean has legally changed his name to Frank Ocean. Ocean was born Christopher Edwin Breaux and altered it to his stage name with the approval of a California judge this week.