BET Greenlights ‘Street Dreams’ 1990s Pilot Based On Rapper Nas’ Life

According to Deadline, BET has ordered a pilot for Street Dreams, an hour long series from Rush creator Jonathan Levine. It is executive produced by rapper Nas on whose life the project is based.  Set against the backdrop of a turbulent New York City in the early 90’s, Street Dreams, named after Nas’ breakout 1996 hit song, was originally set at the now-defunct XBox Entertainment Studios as a half-hour comedy two years ago. Described as a show about music, family, and about the trials and tribulations of the rap game, it tracks the ascent of Nas, a young man from the Queensbridge projects who will go on to become a famous rapper, as he evolves from young man to crack dealer to rapper to adult.

Levine, who wrote the script and will direct the pilot, also grew up in New York, spending his formative years in the 1990s. New York in the 90s was the backdrop for his coming-of-age feature The Wackness, winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Levine is executive producing with Nas — real name Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones — as well as indie film producer Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell (The Place Beyond The Pines) of Electric City Entertainment and Nas’ manager Anthony Saleh.