South African rapper Prokid will be honored in new film also starring Vic Mensa.
Veteran South African rapper, and one of Africa’s most Influential rappers of all time Prokid will be remembered in an upcoming feature film titled African American.
The hip hop drama produced by Ruth E. Carter is based on the true story of Howard University alumni Syd Money — also known as Sydney Hall and his collaboration with South African Hip Hop pioneer, ProKid.
According to Black Film and TV, the movie is set during the post-apartheid Renaissance period in South Africa and follows the rise of the South African Hip Hop scene.
African American follows Syd Money’s journey to Africa in search of his roots. He ends up linking up with Linda Mkhize aka Pro. Together, they changed the course of South African Hip Hop forever.
Prokid is known for helping popularize Kasi rap – a mixture of both IsiZulu and South African township vernacular. He released his critically acclaimed debut album “Heads And Tales” in 2005. To help craft the project, Syd Money assembled a group of now prolific South African hip hop producers; Draztik, Omen, AMU, Dome, Dplanet, Hoodlum, Beatmaker and Nyemz.
“I am excited to tell this dynamic story about survival and cultural identities. “African/American” ignites the sense of right place, right time in a way that makes you believe that you can do anything you set your mind to,” Ms. Carter explains about the film.
South African actor Thabang Moloba from Netflix’s “Blood & Water” is in talks to play ProKid, whilst Roc Nation artist, Vic Mensa will assume the role of Syd Money.
Prokid born Linda Mkhize died in 2018 following a seizure. His three albums Heads & Tales, DNA and Dankie San are considered some of the most influential albums in South Africa and African hip hop history.