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Azaelia Banks To Make Acting Debut

Azaelia Banks Movie Debut

The New York City native will be playing the lead in Coco.

Well known within the "twitterverse" as an unequivocally forthright opinion sharer, hip-hop star Azealia Banks will be creating a different kind of drama in a new film entitled Coco.

Directed by Wu Tang Clan's RZA, the movie follows a passionate 20-something female rapper from Brooklyn, Coco (played by Banks), trying to work her way into the hip-hop world. The film will follow Coco in her struggles to pursue a rap career while trying to fulfill her parents' expectations of finishing college. In a bumpy road to stardom, our protagonist later finds light and love in the realm of spoken word.

In a press release, RZA expressed great enthusiasm in being able to collaborate with the rapper-turned-actress. "I'm extremely excited and vigorously inspired to be working with Azealia Banks in my new directorial installment," he says. "Our story, which is set in today's contemporary youth culture, will bring a new voice to cinema that needs to be."

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RZA, who also directed 2012' The Man with the Iron Fists, added that he has "assembled a cool and eclectic cast" to work alongside Banks, including rapper Common and singer-actress Jill Scott.

Until her silver screen debut, you can check out Banks's first studio album, Broke With Expensive Taste, available now worldwide.

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