In 1998, the late, great, heavyweight rapper Big Pun blew minds with a memorable verse on “Twinz (Deep Cover ’98),” which included the following tongue-twisting couplet:Nineteen years later, fans of ’90s hip-hop will recognize an homage to those Pun bars in writer-director Geremy Jasper’s coming-of-age hip-hop comedy “Patti Cake$,” starring Danielle Macdonald as an aspiring rapper name Killa P/Patti.The Australian actress plays a suburban New Jersey rapper in the Fox Searchlight indie, which was one of the breakout films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and hits theaters August 18.[...] that’s no coincidence — that song played an instrumental part in giving Macdonald the confidence and skills to rock the mic.[...] Read: 'Patti Cake$': Watch First Trailer for Female Rapper Sundance Sensation (Video)Killa P is very much a product of the New Jersey hip-hop scene, working dead-end jobs while making music with R&B singing sidekick Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) and beat-maker Basterd (Mamoudou Athie) as she tries to catch her big break.[...] after Jasper reassured her that he wanted a talented actress who could learn to rap, and not vice versa, Macdonald settled into the role.Sundance Smash 'Patti Cake$' Gets Summer Release DateJasper’s hip-hop curriculum then took Macdonald through some of the genre’s canonical — and challenging — works.We did [Notorious B.I.G.’s] ‘Ten Crack Commandments.'[...] Patti’s rapid-fire rhyme style, a la “Twinz,” wasn’t planned either — it actually turned out that it was easier for Macdonald to emulate that type of flow than a more leisurely cadence.Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo also joined the team, serving as a rap coach for the budding MC.Jasper may be one of the biggest hip-hop heads in directing (he and TheWrap spent a few minutes after the interview breaking down the latest Kendrick Lamar album), but after filling stacks of notebooks writing rhymes while making “Patti Cake$,” even he needed a little boom bap break.
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- How a Legendary ’90s Verse Helped ‘Patti Cake$’ Star Become a Rapper
By Matt Pressberg, provided by
- Monday Aug 14, 2017
- ‘Patti Cake$’ Is A Straight-Out-Of-Jersey Story Of Hip-Hop Dreams
By Keith Phipps - Wednesday Aug 16, 2017
Geremy Jasper makes his directorial debut with a Jersey-steeped, but cliché-ridden tale of musical dreams.
- ‘Patti Cake$,’ a Classic Striver’s Tale With a Hip-Hop Beat
By A. O. SCOTT - Thursday Aug 17, 2017
This showbiz tale finds new talent in Danielle Macdonald, its star, and Geremy Jasper, its writer and director.
- ‘Patti Cake$’ Disappoints While ‘Wind River’ Opens Solid at Indie Box Office
By Jeremy Fuster, provided by
- Sunday Aug 20, 2017
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Geremy Jasper’s debut film “Patti Cake$” was one of the most sought after projects in Park City, triggering a bidding war between Focus Features, Neon, Annapurna, Fox Searchlight and The Orchard. Fox Searchlight was the winner, purchasing the film for $9.5 million. It was the second-highest movie buy at this year’s festival, only behind the $12 million Amazon spent to grab the rights to “The Big Sick.”But unlike “The Big Sick,” “Patti Cake$” is not performing up to its price tag.Despite praise from critics for the film and its leading actress, Australian rising star Danielle Macdonald, “Patti Cake$” made just $66,000 from 14 screens for a per screen average of $4,711.
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- How 12 inmates used peanut butter to escape from jail
By Tamar Lapin - Tuesday Aug 1, 2017
They enjoyed some PB&J — as in peanut butter and jailbreak. The dirty dozen inmates in Jasper, Ala., spread peanut butter to hide a number marking a door to the outside, then told a newbie guard it was their cell, fooling him into unlocking the door and allowing them to escape, the Washington Post reported....