Azealia Banks Is a Struggling Rapper in the RZA-Directed ‘Love Beats Rhymes’

Azealia Banks’ career has, unfortunately, been marked by controversy after controversy, from an altercation scandal involving Russell Crowe to an apparent brujeria scheme that she herself unearthed. In the trailer for her new movie Love Beats Rhymes, co-starring Jill Scott and Common, Banks finds herself in a familiar situation: trying to find a way to make her music resonate with the masses.

The film, directed by RZA, is a story about a struggling rapper that fails to get her bravado-laden raps to resonate with a college professor. She’s eventually invited to engage with the spoken word community, where the flamboyance that won her points with her former crowd weren’t as valuable. There, she hones another talent—poetry—that finally helps her gain ground in her career.

Banks is joined by some heavyweight co-stars, namely the aforementioned Scott, Common and Denzel Washington’s son, Ballers star John David Washington. With luck, they’ll bring something substantive to one of the more exhausted plot lines in music drama. The trailer alone suggests that RZA will be taking a couple steps back from his well-regarded directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists.

Love Beats Rhymes drops on Dec. 1 in select theaters, digital HD and VOD. Watch the trailer above.

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