Azealia Banks, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, and Common lead this inspiring, music-filled story of a struggling rapper looking to find her own voice.

Director:

RZA

Writers:

Nicole Jefferson Asher (as Nicole Asher), Nicole Jefferson Asher (as Nicole Jefferson)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Lorraine Toussaint ... Nichelle
John David Washington ... Mahlik
Method Man ... Ref
Common ... Coltrane
Hana Mae Lee ... Julie
Lucien Laviscount ... Derek
Arjun Gupta ... Naveen
Jill Scott ... Professor Dixon
Craig muMs Grant ... MuMs da Schemer
Daniella De Jesús ... Tomboyish Latina (as Daniella De Jesus)
Jin Au-Yeung ... Jin (as Jin Auyeung)
Jeremie Harris ... Matt
Jas Anderson ... Thug 1
Mary Christina Brown ... Sapphire
Caleb Eberhardt ... Reasons
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Storyline

When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice - and true love - in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount. Written by Lionsgate

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Plot Keywords:

poetry | college | rap | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Cocoa wears a bicycle helmet with the Wu Tang logo. Director RZA is a founding member of Wu Tang Clan. See more »

Soundtracks

Get That Work
Written by Chief WaKil (as Mansa Wakili), Cheapshot (as Colton Fisher), Jason Rabinowitz, James Katalbas and Jaron Lamot
Performed by Icy Black
Courtesy of The Math Club
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2 April 2018 | by genahwSee all my reviews

So I adore the storyline! Old school rap is what I grew up on and poetry meets rhymes is always a good look! I adore the supporting cast! I mean what's better then a cute British brother! Well the lead actress! Huge disappointment! If they had picked a young Kerry Washington or someone of equal talent this movie could of went somewhere great! But nope unfortunately they fail with the most important role!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Doesn't Have to Rhyme See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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