From Pitchfork, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons will produce a new biopic about the life of early label signee T La Rock, according to The Hollywood Reporter. T La Rock, is best known for his collaboration with Def Jam Recordings co-founder Rick Rubin and the 1984 single “It’s Yours.” The film will be based on a recent GQ feature “The Man Who Forgot He Was a Rap Legend.”
The article is based on La Rock’s time at the Haym Salomon Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn; following an assault in 1994 that left him with a traumatic brain injury . He suffered his injuries while attempting to break up a fight in front of his brother’s Bronx apartment building.
La Rock was able to gain his memory back and eventually returned back to recording & performing music. Russell Simmons will produce the movie with Jake Stein under their DEF Pictures banner, along with Mike Medavoy (Black Swan, Shutter Island).
“T La Rock has always been an inspiration to me and many in the hip hop community,” Simmons said in a statement. “This is a man who was literally beaten to within an inch of his life at the height of his fame. How he regained his memory and recovered from his coma while being cared for and surrounded by the most unlikely group of therapists and friends is the kind of hope-filled and hopeful true story that will appeal to everyone, whether you love rap music or not.”