The intersection of Hip Hop and film has grown increasingly significant over time, with Hip Hop artists looking to diversify their creative endeavors. Hip Hop’s influence is now observable in virtually every film genre. Its cultural impact has expanded to include themes and subplots once considered unconventional. This trend shows no signs of slowing down. “Wake,” an upcoming feature film, is a prime example of this evolution.
“Wake” is an intense crime mystery thriller that incorporates a hip-hop subplot. Here’s what we know so far.
“Wake” is a 2023 film premiering on Oct. 12. It’s a twisty feature sure to engage audiences. The story centers around an M.I.T. professor suffering from narcolepsy, a condition that often has debilitating complications. Things take a horrifying turn for Sarita after she is almost sure she has stood witness to a murder next door at the hands of a rap artist. This is especially troubling given her difficulty separating hallucinations from reality.
But one thing Serita is not is a helpless or a hapless victim of her condition. And finding the truth becomes her new obsession. As the plot underscores, “She’ll risk it all to take him (murderer) down.” Unfortunately, sometimes, the hunter becomes the hunted. And reality can be a lot more frightening than hallucinations.
“Wake:” What Else We Know
The film is directed by Erik White, who has also had a hand in the Hip Hop music-based anthology “Tales” and the 2010 feature film “Lottery Ticket” starring Bow Wow. Tracey Edmonds, Chuck, and Bree West serve as executive producers.
And the cast is stacked with exceptional talent. It includes Parker Mckenna Posey (“Lucky Gir”), DeRay Davis (“21 Jump Street”), Alphonse Nicholson (“P Valley”), and Shoniqua Shandai (“Bodied”). For fans of the immortal Alfred Hitchcock, here is something to pique your interest. According to White, “Wake” is a take on Hitchcock’s classic “Rear Window.”
One undeniable thing is, with such a talented ensemble and intriguing plot, it’s sure to be a must-watch. If you’re in search of a thrilling and intense movie that will add excitement to your entertainment lineup, look no further. “Wake” debuts Oct. 12 on BET+.
Written by Renae Richardson