Back in 2016, talk of an Angie Stone biopic began circulating when the singer spoke of its development whilst on the red carpet for the Soul Train Awards. Although news quickly died down and no further word was received, Angie sparked excitement just hours ago by posting a casting call looking for actors to appear in said biopic.
She wrote: “Long overdue but finally it’s here my story forty years in the making thank you lord for favor.”
Angie has long been vocal about her frustration at the lack of acknowledgment she and her former bandmates receive for their role in the hip-hop movement. In the early 80s, Angie was part of a trio named The Sequence who were the first female group to release a rap record (1979’s ‘Funk You Up’), not to mention the first hip-hop act to mix rap and singing together – undeniably paving the way for artists such as Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and more recently Drake.
In 2016 at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honours the women were said to feel undermined and disrespected at barely receiving a mention, the only acknowledgment being a picture of the trio appearing alongside 30 other female hip-hop artists. That evening, Salt-N-Pepa were touted as the first true female hip-hop group, a statement that did not sit well with the members of The Sequence.
With Stone herself involved in the production of the upcoming biopic, hopefully now this crucial bit of hip-hop’s history can be told the way it should be.