[Blackstudies-l] Review: ‘King Of The Dancehall’ Interpolates The Worlds Of Caribbean Dance And Real Life

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Thu Aug 10 07:08:35 EDT 2017


lisaparavisini posted: " A report by Richy Rosario for Vibe. In King of the
Dancehall, its executive producer, producer, screenwriter and main
character Nick Cannon, has proven once again he’s a jack of all trades. The
film, which was released on Aug. 2 through YouTube Red, "
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A report by Richy Rosario for *Vibe*
<https://www.vibe.com/2017/08/review-king-of-the-dancehall-nick-cannon/>.

In *King of the Dancehall*, its executive producer, producer, screenwriter
and main character Nick Cannon, has proven once again he’s a jack of all
trades. The film, which was released on Aug. 2 through YouTube Red, aims to
highlight Jamaica’s ubiquitous dancehall culture.

During the filming process, Cannon’s effort to showcase the island’s dance
community was his main goal. “I felt like it’s a sub culture that hasn’t
really been shared with mainstream media,” he explains over the phone to
*VIBE* from Los Angeles. “It’s something the people have been borrowing for
so long but no one has ever heard the true story of dancehall culture.”

Through a coming of age tale he excels at exposing the essence of Caribbean
culture. The 36 year-old stars in the film as Tarzan, a Brooklyn drug
dealer who recently completed a five-year bid in prison. His ill bed ridden
mother (played by Whoppi Goldberg) struggles to make ends meet, and
simultaneously attempts to coax her son to stop the street life.

But as Tarzan sees his world defined by the struggle, he comes up with a
scheme in Kingston to make some much-needed cash. Once he gets there,
viewers get introduced to his cousin, Allestar, aka Toasta—magnificently
played by a patois speaking Busta Rhymes. Cannon says Busta, who is of
Jamaican descent, was already a brother figure to him before their time on
set. Toasta, who recently gets kicked out of his house by his wife, is also
trying to jump over some hurdles himself.

He’s found in a territorial clash with Donovan “Dada” Davidson (played by
dancehall artist, Collie Budz).The movie, which was shot in Jamaica has
beautiful sceneries with the sun bathed picturesque views the island has to
offer. There’s also outstanding footage of the gritty club scene. The
dancing is phenomenal, and will easily make you dance all over your living
room.

Thematically, the film is reminiscent of a young Cannon on 2003’s *Love
Don’t Cost a Thing *and 2002’s *Drumline*. While the plots of each these
films are totally different, there’s something about Tarzan’s character
that reminds you the other ones.

The *Wild n’ Out* host says he was inspired in creating the film, since the
first time he went to Jamaica. Additionally, the script was based on a
series of interviews he did with members of the dancehall community, which
then led to him creating a fictitious account of all those real life
vignettes.

Besides all the trouble, there are moments of laughter especially when it
comes to Rhymes’ Jamaican accent. You can tell as he switches on and off in
between Jamaican and American linguistics, he’s fighting against dissolving
into a fit of giggles. *King of the Dancehall* has a tragic ending, but its
creator aims to leave viewers with knowing, “the power of dancehall, and
the history it has created.”

Watch the film on YouTube Red below.
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2Ya2XLsE_Y?enablejsapi=1&origin=https:%2F%2Fwww.vibe.com>
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