Pitchfork author Alphonse Pierre’s rap column covers songs, mixtapes, albums, Instagram freestyles, memes, bizarre tweets, trend developments—and the rest that catches his consideration.
Meek Mill is sweet once more
It’s been a quiet yr for Meek Mill on the music entrance: Just about the one notable issues he has executed is an unnecessary collaboration with Justin Timberlake, a well-intentioned however unmemorable protest song, and a snippet the place he rhymes “Pandemic” with “Bandemic.” At least now we are able to push these recollections apart as a result of his appearing in Charm City Kings, a brand new HBO Max film about rising up within the Baltimore bike life scene, is definitely good. What I anticipated from Meek was one thing over-the-top, like his screaming rap persona usually is—perhaps he would beat any person’s ass like Beanie Sigel in Paper Soldiers, or he would play an exaggerated model of himself like Snoop Dogg in Baby Boy. But the position is surprisingly quiet.
Meek performs Blax, a motorbike life legend who’s on probation and making an attempt to show his life round. Blax takes the central character Mouse, performed by Jahi Di’Allo Winston, below his wing, although he’s conflicted about whether or not or not he’s an satisfactory affect on the child. It’s a efficiency that’s closely communicated by delicate facial expressions, a refreshing selection in a film that suffers from a splash of overacting by the kid actors. It may even be adequate that if Meek occurs to drop that “Bandemic” track, we’ll look the opposite manner. This efficiency has earned him the precise to do some bullshit.
What rappers ought to act on-screen subsequent?
Why: Megan has sufficient character to make something watchable.
Ideal position: Megan actually simply must be herself, so let’s give her a comedy the place she will flourish like Cher in Moonstruck.
Why: Cordae hasn’t made a great track shortly, however he’s good to have round. Let’s throw him in one thing.
Ideal position: A Freedom Writers-type film, however with out the white savior stuff. Cordae is a highschool junior who’s all the time in hassle, however can be a gifted author.
Why: Because Lil Baby must be extra seen than already he’s.
Ideal position: It’ll be a scripted actuality tv present à la The Hills, which follows Lil Baby and the 4PF crew by their each day drama (the pilot episode will be about their falling out with NoCap).
Why: Nav, in fact, is Juilliard skilled. Last yr I noticed him in an off-Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire and was blown away by his vary. Hollywood, simply give him a shot!