DJ Premier is locked in to provide a score and take the reigns as executive music producer on VH1’s freshly announced original film The Breaks. Inspired by the music biz text book The Big Payback (penned by foundational hip-hop journalist and record executive Dan Charnas) the film will follow three young hip-hop professionals in 1990 NYC, where the culture was coming into its own full-bloom and despite the massive success and popularity of its sound, still found both racial and cultural obstacles standing in the way of its proliferation. For you aspiring underlings who have found yourself putting in your resumé at every label, firm, agency, etc. that you could find, you should find Charnas’ guide to the subterranean lows and heavenly highs of hip-hop’s corner of the music industry as required reading. And if you have yet to indulge, I can’t recommend it strong enough. The Breaks will begin principal photography this June, eying the Fall for the official premiere, with Seith Mann (of The Wire, Homeland, The Walking Dead and more) at the helm as writer, director and executive producer. Stay tuned as more info rolls out in the weeks and months to come.