Last year, news surfaced that Erykah Badu will be starring in the forthcoming film The Land, produced by Hip Hop legend Nas. Today a trailer dropped for the film, giving us the first look into the story of a young man in Cleveland, striving to be a professional skateboarder, who succumbs to the drug game.
This is the first project for Steven Caple Jr., who wrote and directed the film. The Land features one or two familiar faces. In the trailer, we catch a glimpse of Michael K. Williams, who portrayed Omar in the HBO series The Wire. And besides Erykah Badu, Cleveland native Machine Gun Kelly will also play a role in the film.
The film debuted at The Sundance Film Festival, and received positive reviews. It also drew comparisons to The Wire, especially the show’s fourth season, which focuses on the deterioration of public education in the US, and how it is so difficult to escape poverty when schools are so poor.
The trailer also boasts that the film new music from Nas, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Machine Gun Kelly, Pusha T, French Montana, and Jeremih. Complex reports that Nas will be producing the sound track that will accompany the film on July 29th, the same day the movie drops.
You can watch the trailer below: