Neil Drumming writes about casting the incredible Jean Grae in his movie, and the everflowing conflict of casting MCs as thespians:
All that said, when I gave a draft of the script to Jean last year for her opinion, I secretly hoped that she would want to sign on. Partly, that was because of her music. Her lyrics demonstrated the same unabashed commitment to storytelling, language, and occasionally brutal, emotional honesty that I was striving for in this screenplay. (If you're not familiar with Jean's music, start at her website and work your way slowly back into a coma.)Also, I knew that Jean understood character. Like all rappers, there is something of a persona to Jean Grae--in case you were wondering, no, her parents did not actually name her after a Marvel superhero. But Jean is not stuck in the box she built for herself.
Death - faced with it - run to it - not from itSwallow all the pills in the medicine cabinetChase it with a bottle of 151, hug mommyHead outside, smash windows in, trash my hotel lobbyBreak the grip off the time at last Find a kid to hem up,Wish I did more sinning Get a strap on run up in some womenLay in the middle of a highway wait for pain to hit meSteal a camera with people looting, screaming "come and get me"