Yesterday, when I heard that Nick Cannon was releasing a movie called “King of Dancehall,” I was curious.
I found myself “Googling” ‘Nick Cannon Jamaican.’ It turns out the rapper, producer, actor, TV Host, director and comedian isn’t Jamaican, but he realized that there is a need to highlight the dancehall culture.
He did just that in the film which was released exclusively on YouTube Red, an interrupted version of YouTube.
In the movie, Cannon plays a Brooklyn-born 20-something year old, Tarzan, who has spent five years incarcerated. After being released, Tarzan comes home to his sick mother, played by Whoopi Goldberg, he then comes up with a plan to reshape their lives. This plan leads him to fly back to his mother’s homeland of Jamaica. There he links up with his cousin played by Busta Rhymes.
Tarzan learns how to become a skilled dancehall top “steppa” within six months, echoing the 2001 movie, “Save the Last Dance,” when Julia Stiles’s character gets some flavor in a few months.
“King of the Dancehall” is based on a true story narrated by Beenie Man. It also features Collie Buddz, Ky-mani Marley, Barrington Levy and model/actress Kreesha Turner. There are no fake accents in the movie. I must add!
Check out the trailer below: