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




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





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


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


Drama | Musical

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

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Performed by Kil The Giant ft. Leo Soul
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This movie deserves more eyeballs
15 February 2020 | by trdsun718See all my reviews

A nice flick about a young upcoming female rapper finding out that words have meaning and power. This is a love story about the art of spoken words. The cast did a great job. Azelia Banks was good to a degree for her first starring role but Jill Scott knocked it out the park. I didn't know RZA was this good at directing a love story, it flowed seamlessly. Btw RZA should have cast Jeremie Harris to play him in Wu-Tang An American Saga, they looka like.

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1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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