“Dangeruss, the most talented unsigned rappers [sic] in the game, and has a doctrine in skurrt skurrt with a fork.” This of course is if off of the Twitter of unsigned, underground rapper Dangeruss.
Who is Dangeruss you ask and why am I writing about an unsigned rapper from St. Petersburg, Florida?
If you watched the music video that accompanies this piece (I don’t know why you wouldn’t), Dangeruss is the shirtless, tatted rapper with braids seen smoking weed while rapping about this, various forms of drug deals and everyday life hustling in Florida. Danger, as the young rapper says he is called, can also be seen in this video rapping about making crack. Aside from the few YouTube videos, a Facebook page and Twitter account, there is not much else out there on the rapper known as Dangeruss. He doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry yet (hopefully someone is working on that).
Why then is his video Hangin With Da Dopeboys directed by James Franco?
In the film, Franco plays a shirtless, tatted and braided rapper (sound familiar) named Alien. Reports last year surfaced claiming that Houston based rapper Riff Raff was the inspiration for Franco’s character in the upcoming movie. Just recently, however, Franco has come out saying that none other than my new favorite underground rapper, Dangeruss, was his real inspiration.
“I would say the biggest influence on the role was this local Florida rapper named Dangerous [sic]. He’s fairly unknown, but he was down there in the place, living the life, and he became the biggest model for me and he’s in the movie,” Franco said.
There you have it, from the mouth of the great James Franco. Whether it’s hosting the Academy Awards stoned (allegedly), opening an art exhibit in Berlin or directing a music video for an unknown rapper, I enjoy or respect almost everything he has done (mainly because he does things he wants to do and does them his way). His character is the main reason I am beyond excited for Spring Breakers; it’s not just because the trailers show a ton of hot bikini clad women as some people I know have insinuated. I also happen to enjoy a lot of director Harmony Korine’s work, although Gummo was just about the strangest movie I have ever seen.
With that being said, Spring Breakers opens in theaters nationwide on March 22nd – if I was asked this again, Spring Breakers would be my choice – and Hangin With Da Dopeboys will be featured in the movie and on the soundtrack.