This is… rather interesting, given the circumstances.
Back in 2016 the RZA and Azealia Banks worked together on Coco, an upcoming musical drama film directed by The Abbott. The film, which would mark Banks’ feature film debut, is taken from a screenplay by Nicole Asher in which a hip hop artist (Banks) returns to college following the dissolution of her record deal, eventually finding the world of slam poetry.
The film would have also marked a the formal union between Banks and RZA, as Azealia announced that she would be signing a record deal with the Wu-Tang member. However, things would quickly sour between the two of them following a particularly volatile incident between Banks, Steelz and actor Russell Crowe of all people that effectively ended their union. RZA would ultimately explain his side of the story in a “Bong”-filled Facebook post.
As it turns out, Coco is still a go. Now named Love Beats Rhymes, the film will also star Common and Jill Scott. Love Beats Rhymes will both play in select theaters and be digitally available December 1st.