Malik Yoba Remembers An Audition For "Cool Runnings" With Tupac
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Los Angeles, CA – With the Winter Olympics coming to an end this week, '80s babies will remember the famous bobsled team from Jamaica represented in the film of 1993's Cool Runnings. But what some don't know is the cult classic, which is based on the true story, almost included the late Tupac Shakur in his cast.
HipHopDX recently caught up with Malik Yoba, one of the stars of Cool Runnings, at the premiere of Netflix's new drama Seven Seconds, and talked with him about their memories of Shakur's participation. Yoba recalled one of his most memorable moments with Shakur, which was rebuilt for the united states the new series without resolve.
"There is a shot at [unresolved] where Tupac character is coming out of the Universal Sheraton," he told DX. "When I heard Cool Runnings, Tupac auditioned for Cool Runnings, and we went to dinner. There is a throw in without resolve that it was exactly where I was with Tupac walking out of the Sheraton. Came out of the elevator smoking a blunt. We went to Tony Roma's. I was doing that night. There are a couple of Tupac stories, but that is the one that comes to mind because it was front and center in the show. We just talk about the business and why he doesn't want to take your nose ring out to audition for the film."
For the younger generation, Yoba is probably best known for his role as Vernon Turner in the Empire. But for the 30 and up, he will always be J. C. Williams, of New York Undercover. It is a show that many people still associate with Hip-Hop thanks to his music and the various guest appearances by artists urban that he was going to play the fiction club Natalie.
Yoba praised the innovative show to be ahead of its time in an era in which Hip-Hop was not yet fully accepted by the mainstream.
"One of the things about being black in america is that sometimes it takes the rest of the world time to catch up with its greatness," he said. "So if you look at things historically, whether it w