Reminisce’s scene-stealing role as Makanaki, the underboss of the Lagos underworld, in Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King of Boys’, highlights how rappers can be a resource pool for Nollywood if tapped properly.
While there has been no shortage of danger men in Nollywood, Reminisce’s brings a fresh and authentic portrayal to it.
On his acting debut, the award-winning rapper (known on the streets as Alaga) might have just opened the door for Nigerian rappers to be on the big screen.
In King of Boys, iLLbliss gives a commendable performance as a street hustler who plugs Makanaki into a high-profile heist in Lagos. In Kemi Adetiba’s film about ambition, power and karma, the two rappers bring in grittiness and street credibility to the flick. It was a brilliant idea to cast the rappers who are hood champions thanks to their riveting street tales and Hip-Hop anthems.
American rappers have been able to use movies to tell stories of the black experience in America. Most of these movies are snapshots of the era they were created or the times they paid homage too. If you take out these movies, there would be no cinematic portrayal of African-Americans in the 80s and 90s. These movies have come to define a generation.
Nollywood is lacking in this regard, movies about pop culture and youth are not exactly in hot demand by Nigerian producers. It is high time Nollywood looks into this and curate the times, lives and the struggles of not only this generation but of the 90s as well.
To this with great results, Nigerian rappers can be tapped to create seminal movies that would be relevant for decades. And in an era when indigenous rappers have made the genre more relatable than ever then now is the right time to tap into it.
Rappers such as Terry Tha Rapman, Ikechukwu, Vector have flexed their acting chops over the years. Actors who have been known to lay down a bar here and there (the late J.T Tom West and Ernest Asuzu) tapped into the self-confidence or audacity of the Hip-Hop generation to deliver strong performances on the screen.