It may be hard to believe but rapper Azealia Banks does find time to display her talents when she isn’t Twitter thuggin’ with Nicki Minaj, Cardi B. and comedian, Jess Hilarious. In between the beef, Banks took time to star in Love Beats Rhymes, a film directed by Wu-Tang Clan member, RZA.
VIBE reports that Banks plays “Coco” an aspiring rapper fighting for credibility as a struggling recording artist. Balancing bars with her pursuits as an undergrad, she signs up for a college poetry course taught by “Professor Dixon” played by singer Jill Scott who challenges the young woman to take her talent beyond pages of written words and to the art of spoken word. While navigating clichéd characters of the recording industry, slam poets, Coco chases her dreams and even finds love in the process.
RZA shares his thoughts on working with Banks:
“I’m extremely excited and vigorously inspired to be working with Azealia Banks in my new directorial installment.”
“Producer Paul Hall and I have assembled a cool and eclectic cast to surround Azealia. Our story, which is set in today’s contemporary youth culture, will bring a new voice to cinema that needs to be heard.”
With lines like “All I ever wanted to be is a rapper,” and “You’re mad now use it,” and the story line of a girl chasing her dreams, meeting a gorgeous guy who humbles her and being encouraged by a down-to-Earth professor, I’m kind of feeling like we’ve been here before (I’m getting Beyond The Lights vibes.) But hey, another story about passion and purpose starring beautiful people never hurt anyone.
Love Beats Rhymes also features rapper Common, Lorraine Toussaint and Lucien Laviscount, among others and will hit selected theaters on December 1st. You can check out the trailer below: