RZA To Direct Film “Coco,” Starring Common & Jill Scott

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In the Fall of 1991, RZA (as Prince Rakeem) had a Tommy Boy Records EP, Ooh, I Love You Rakeem, which would prove to be a jumping off point for the Wu-Tang Clan. That same season, a Chicago, Illinois MC named Common Sense appeared in the October, 1991 “Unsigned Hype” column of The Source magazine.

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Throughout the next 25 years, RZA would go on to lead one of the most successful, critically-acclaimed movements in Hip-Hop: the aforementioned Wu-Tang Clan. Common would transcend from underground MC to Oscar and Grammy-winning household name. Along the way, these visionary veterans have not worked together…until now.

RZA has signed on to direct Coco, a Lions Gate/Codeblack Film, starring Common as well as Jill Scott. Another Hip-Hop sensation, Azealia Banks, is also included in the film’s cast.

According to Deadline, “In the Brooklyn-set drama, Banks plays an aspiring twenty-something rapper who wants a career in Hip-Hop but is torn by her parents’ dreams that she finish college. She gives in. While matriculating, she finds herself in the classroom; she experiences the true calling of the power of the spoken word, which helps her goals as a Hip-Hop artist.”

On paper, is this a film that pique’s your interest? Do you anticipate the two former Loud Records acts, RZA and Common, crossing paths on the soundtrack?

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