New York rapper Azealia Banks is set to make her acting debut in a film directed by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. Previously titled Coco, the musical drama will now go by It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme and will also star Common, Jill Scott and Lorraine Toussaint.
A release from The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as being similar in tone to “8 Mile,” the drama tells of a female rapper (Banks) who enrolls in college and enters a poetry course. While the class doesn’t improve her lyrical skills, as she had hoped, it does unleash in her a passion for slam poetry.
Neo soul singer Jill Scott will be playing the role of a professor who believes that rapping and slam poetry cannot co-exist, while Lorraine Toussaint is set to play the mother of Azealia Banks’ character. Rapper Common will also appear as a mentor figure.
Filming begins this week in New York.
Because some people may be unfamiliar with some or all of the actors involved in this project, Kontrol Magazine has compiled a list of fun facts for each of them.
*RZA is the leader of rap group Wu-Tang Clan and RZA directed his first feature film, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’ in 2011, from a script he wrote the previous year.