Azealia Banks is finding entry into the world of film! The New York rapper will play the titular role in Coco, a new film directed by RZA. The Nicole Jefferson Asher script is set in Brooklyn, where Banks plays an aspiring rapper whose parents are pressuring her to finish college. Coco also stars Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, Lorraine Toussaint, Hana Mae Lee and recent Oscar winner Common. RZA made his directorial debut in 2012 with the Quentin Tarantino-produced The Man with the Iron Fists.
Last year, Banks finally liberated her Broke With Expensive Taste LP from Interscope’s vice grip. It earned the adoration of critics and fans, shifting the conversation about Banks that had, until that point, centered on her vocal criticism of other rappers like Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson and Iggy Azalea. She has announced that her sophomore album, Business & Pleasure, will be released in 2016. RZA’s most recent musical effort was A Better Tomorrow, last year’s sixth Wu-Tang Clan album. Though that group has been marred by disputes in the past several years, the legendary producer has been able to bend each new release to suit his vision.