Love Beats Rhymes will be hitting the big screens this December, starring Hip Hop artist Azealia Banks and directed by filmmaker and fellow Hip Hop artist The RZA.
Azealia Banks will be starring as Coco, an aspiring 25-year-old rap artist from good old Brooklyn, New York. After Coco discovers the underground world of slam poetry, it appears the storyline follows more closely on the meaning behind the song lyrics: shown by challenges the star faces to write something truly significant to her, whether that comes from a place of fear, love, or both.
RZA crossed paths with Azealia Banks from the actual casting for the star role of Coco over two years ago. Despite a bit of a rough reputation on Bank’s part, RZA put any hearsay aside, loved Banks for the role, and the two artists became a team.
The official trailer was released earlier this week and, from the looks of it, this musical drama will be filled with just that in the most soul touching way.
There’s no official word on any early reviews, but director RZA had this to say in a released statement about his film:
“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.”
Azealia Banks expressed her excitement about her first big-screen debut on her Instagram earlier this week as well:
“This is my first film, my first leading role. I worked hard on this and am excited to see what doors open after this.”
Although this is Banks’ big break, RZA is no stranger to the big screen. The Wu-Tang Clan member has an impressive filmography. RZA seems to have done everything there is to do in entertainment and film, from directing, composing, acting, writing, and producing. Seriously, he’s done it all.
For RZA’s most current directing endeavor, there’s also been a few unofficial reviews based on the Love Beats Rhymes trailer via social media as we get closer to its release date. Many social media viewers have posted on the film’s Instagram page, voicing their excitement and anticipation for the release. There’s even quite a few comments from the public expressing how proud they are of Azealia Banks for landing this opportunity with RZA and appearing to kill it in her leading role. As mentioned before, Banks has gotten a rough reputation for not handling herself very well in social situations. Over the last couple of years, the artist had nearly become a social pariah in the Hip Hop world due to multiple outbursts in public, social media beefs, and just plain Hollywood hearsay and shade throwing.
But RZA stands by his leading lady in the fashion on true respect for her art and talent. It looks like only time will tell how Love Beats Rhymes will hit viewers, and December can’t seem to come quick enough.
– Deanna Rose Morgado