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