Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Drumline”

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January 7, 2013 ‐ By
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If you ask me, Nick Cannon was never cooler than when he played Devon Miles in the hit turned period piece, Drumline. Tapping into a slice of black culture that’s rarely shown in mainstream media, Drumline was a coming of age story with a twist. You know all the music, the lines, some of ya’ll probably even memorized the dance moves; but despite all of that, we’d bet good money that you don’t know some of these behind the scenes secrets.

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  • spambrando

    The original was vastly superior than the shitfest that I saw last night, Drumline 2. Alexandra Shipp? There is NOTHING that girl can do well, from what I’ve seen. She must have had to spend at least a month trying to perform 5 second or less drum rhythms to make it look like she’s a real drummer. Well, it did NOT pay off, she looks like she has no business even trying out for the marching band, based on her lack of skills.

    She’s a substandard actress AT BEST and this ain’t gonna bode well for that Aaliyah biopic they made. Why couldn’t they just hire an actress that could act AND play drums? Sadly, she failed at both.

    And yeah, I’ve been a professional FEMALE drummer for over 40 years so this is a slap in the face to all those who worked their tails off to get where they/we are.

    You didn’t need a pretty face to sell this movie; you needed a great female drummer. She’s not even mediocre.

    And yeah, wish Orlando Jones was in the reboot but he must have known it was gonna tank. Straight to VH1…

  • Liz R

    The name of the school is Clark Atlanta UNIVERSITY! Correct that, thanks.
    That is all.

    • spambrando

      another Madame Noire troll

  • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

    LOVED this movie!! “Halftime IS Gametime!” LOL… this movie made me love and appreciate big bands!! Ain’t nothing like feeling the bass from the drums on your favorite song!

  • Na Na

    They filmed at my school and I was soo geeked! they used our dorm rooms and we had to leave for a couple of days but it was cool to see the film crew around campus. I love Clark and HBCU Life!!!

  • Na Na

    They filmed at my school and I was soo geeked! they used our dorm rooms and we had to leave for a couple of days but it was cool to see the film crew around campus. I love Clark and HBCU Life!!!

  • Na Na

    They filmed at my school and I was soo geeked! they used our dorm rooms and we had to leave for a couple of days but it was cool to see the film crew around campus. I love Clark and HBCU Life!!!

  • Na Na

    They filmed at my school and I was soo geeked! they used our dorm rooms and we had to leave for a couple of days but it was cool to see the film crew around campus. I love Clark and HBCU Life!!!

    • Jamilia

      Omg, I also attended Clark during the time of the filming & I Also served as an extra during one of their scenes since they ask a lot of students to participate. GO CAU!!!

      • spambrando

        are all you Madame Noire people the same person, just trolling? Looks pretty stupid.

  • HA!

    Coming from a REAL musician, THIS MOVIE SUCKS!!!! Nick didnt play, he was acting. Everything that he “played” was pre-recorded. I, myself, am an actual drummer & know that what he did was NOT play. He was thought the basic fundamentals of holding his sticks, but that was about it. And honestly, HIS FORM SUCKED! My entire high school band hated this movie b/c it was 1) predictable & 2) didnt truly show musicianship. Even my friends that attended a HBCU cant stand that movie. No one can not & will not ever be accepted into a music program without knowing how to read music. Every person must pass a theory placement exam AND site reading in their audition BEFORE being accepted & beginning classes in an actual music dept. This movie is a joke.

    • HA!

      Btw, he’s not the only person faking. The “drum captain” had no idea what he was doing either! Even in the “drum battle” at the end, one of the quint & snare players didnt even have sticks. Look closely people & you’ll see everything.

      • http://twitter.com/MizzJazzyPeach J Mc

        Things only bandheads see LOL!!!

        • Ha!

          I’m not a “bandhead”, I’m a musician. There’s a HUGE difference *flips hair*

          • http://twitter.com/MizzJazzyPeach J Mc

            lol well exsqueeze me!!!! I’m a proud bandhead (better than band geek lol), I do know the difference and musician I know I am not, I still was a damn good Clarinet player!

            • QuitaSooPhyne

              Haha, that b*tch told you

          • spambrando

            not if you can’t play.

        • Ha!

          I’m not a “bandhead”, I’m a musician. There’s a HUGE difference love….*flips hair*

    • Riles

      Majority of your statement was true..but not all of it.

    • spambrando

      Wait, his FORM sucked? Was he supposed to stand upside down or something? He pulled it off, sorry. Can’t say the same for Drumline 2, which should never have seen the light of day. So, blah blah blah to you and your requirements for the movie. It was a hell of a lot better than the sequel.

  • TheRealJadeFox

    The band that inspired this movie was none other than The Southern University Human Jukebox. They even tried to pay our band to be in the movie but Dr. Greggs respectfully declined because our band would have come in second place and we never place second… Not even for a movie @TheRealJadeFox on twitter and Instagram

    • Preach: Waking Up The Masses

      SU In Tha House!!! Watcha know about Tha Yard?

  • Nu

    I heard that marching band of Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA turned down the role of the losing band in the end due to the fact that they always win marching band competitions. Is that true as well?

  • http://twitter.com/MizzJazzyPeach J Mc

    Being that I was a bandhead from high school on into college, I can say that this was a movie that bandheads loooved to hate lol. We loved the movie because it told a story that a lot of people outside of the HBCU lifestyle wouldn’t know, but we hated it because of the predictable storyline and because it only told a quarter of the story of what we had to go through being in a black college band. No matter how we felt about the movie we still referred to it because it was a story about US!

    I hope Nick Cannon doesn’t come out with a Drumline 2 because most movies that come out with a sequel are a major fail for example Belly 2…. need I say more.

  • Felicia

    OMG….When I first saw this movie, I had to go back and see it again. I miss marching band so bad. Damn I wish I could play “Big Ballin'” right now.

    ONE BAND! One SOUND!!!!

  • tajy

    Nick that was your ONLY good role, LEAVE THE MOVIE ALONE! No sequels, no TV just please let it be

    • spambrando

      and it was a joke of a role in the second one

  • Semi

    I love Orlando Jones in this movie.. I watch it over and over again just to watch him..

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