RZA‘s upcoming movie Love Beats Rhymes, previously titled Coco, now has an official release date.
The film, starring the likes of Common, Azealia Banks and Jill Scott, will hit select theaters December 1st and will be available to purchase on DVD from January 2nd. It’s about an aspiring hip-hop artist who discovers the world of slam poetry.
RZA directed the musical drama, which will be his first in the role since 2013’s The Man with the Iron Fists. Co-stars include Lucien Laviscount, Hana Mae Lee and others.
In the trailer, Coco (Azealia Banks) is trying to be an aspiring artist and decides to take a poetry class to help with her lyrical flow and showboats some raps in class, which doesn’t seem to immediately impress her teacher (portrayed by Jill Scott), who challenges and inspires the rapper. She eventually heads to an underground-styled poetry slam which Common described as a place “where time stands still.” Coco looks to find her true voice and true love in this uplifting movie presented by Lionsgate films.
“I’m extremely excited and vigorously inspired to be working with Azealia Banks in my new directorial installment,” RZA said in a statement. “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.”
“This is my first film, my first leading role. I worked hard on this and am excited to see what doors open after this.” Azealia Banks said on IG yesterday.