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‘On the Come Up’ Star Jamila C. Gray on the Difference Between a Rapper and a Lyricist

‘On the Come Up’ Star Jamila C. Gray on the Difference Between a Rapper and a Lyricist

BGN interviews actor Jamila C. Gray as she promotes the home entertainment release of the Paramount+ film On the Come Up.

Presented by Paramount+ in association with Paramount Pictures’ Players label, On the Come Up, Emmy-nominated actress Sanaa Lathan’s feature directorial debut, is a love letter to hip-hop. On the Come Up is the story of Bri, a 16-year-old gifted rapper, who attempts to take the battle rap scene by storm in order to lift up her family and do right by the legacy of her father — a local hip-hop legend whose career was cut short by gang violence. But when her first hit song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, she finds herself torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the false persona that the industry wants to impose upon her. The film is based on the New York Times’ No. 1 best-selling novel by Angie Thomas.

Interviewer: Jamie Broadnax

Video Editor: Jamie Broadnax

The film is currently available on all digital platforms and will be out on DVD February 14.

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