If Shia LaBeouf ultimately gets his way, you'll see this biopic before any of the others included here. For years, since he was first given a Vanity Fair cover story platform in 2007, the actor has been discussing how his dream project would be to direct a movie about notorious underground rapper, and close friend, Chris "Cage" Palko. And it's legitimately a dynamite idea.
As an MC, Cage's career is one that's been perennially underrated since the early 2000s, when mainstream heads first heard his name amidst a beef with then-underground spitter Eminem. Combining morbid punchlines with truly demented storytelling and a perverse sense of humor, Cage's verses always hit with a visceral force. They're so raw, in fact, that you'd think he's lived one very fucked-up life, and you'd be correct.
Born in Germany to a drug addict father, Palko's childhood was marked by episodes in which he'd hold the tourniquet while dad injected heroine, physical abuse from his stepfather, and dependencies on PCP, LSD, and cocaine. Several arrests led to an 18-month stint inside the Stony Lodge psychiatric hospital, where he became a test subject for the antidepressant drug Fluoxetine. Suicidal thoughts provoked the mentally fractured Palko to try offing himself numerous times, none of which, of course, worked, and all of which led to his 2002 song "Suicidal Failure."
Out of Stony Lodge by age 18, Palko adopted the Cage moniker and gave rap music a shot. In '02, he dropped the dark, angry LP Movies for the Blind, ripe with allusions to his nightmarish past and psychologically nihilistic subject matter. Three years later, with the release of the much more sobering Hell's Winter, though, Cage revealed himself to be free of drugs and clearer of conscience.