Taylor Bennett’s Short Film Is a Powerful Soundtrack For Young Love (Video)

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With reports suggesting that Taylor Bennett will be releasing a new album in 2017, the younger brother of Chance the Rapper today (January 26) has unveiled a short film called Broad Shoulders, a 13-minute visual accompaniment to his 2015 debut LP of the same name. In it, the 21-year-old Chicago, Illinois rapper debuts to the world his broader creative ambitions, including acting. The film is essentially a love story, but it also includes statements from Taylor that can be applied to all facets of life, and the story is punctuated with his own music.

Taylor narrates the opening sequence of the film, during which time he says “sometimes you find out that the standards people have, the things that they will and won’t do, aren’t the reason why you like them. It’s because we care about that person, and everybody makes bad decisions.” That sets the tone for the rest of the film, which follows Taylor as he pursues a love interest. As the complexities of young love unfold and feelings change, so does the mood of the soundtrack – but as the story nears its conclusion, Taylor finds himself at a proverbial crossroads, at which point he must decide what he really wants from life.

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In a statement shared with Noisey, Bennett says his hopes for the film are that it “inspires other artists to consider what can be possible when it comes to visual content while also opening up fans to a new way of experiencing their work.” He goes on to champion his hometown’s creative community, emphasizing that Broad Shoulders could not have happened without the help of others. “sic has always been a huge inspiration for me, and with such great Hip­-Hop bred in Chicago, it’s an ideal environment to collaborate with different artists through this process.”

Broad Shoulders is written and directed by Heston Charres.