Frequent Explains Why He is Typecast As A ‘Gangster’

Common Explains Why He's Typecast As A 'Gangster'

On this week’s episode of Folks’s Celebration With Talib Kweli, the host is joined by fellow rapper and activist Frequent for in-depth dialogue on his near-three-decade profession in hip-hop — a profession that overlaps with Kweli’s personal — and their good friend and collaborator Kanye West’s bid for the US Presidency. Clocking in at two hours lengthy, the dialog covers a variety of floor as the 2 rap vets catch up and communicate on a various array of hot-button points, together with his current reveal that he was abused as a baby.

One lighter topic that comes up, although, is Frequent’s tendency to get typecast in “tough guy” roles in his movie profession, which has included appearances in motion movies like Wished, Suicide Squad, Smokin’ Aces, and John Wick: Chapter 2. Frequent is a famously good man in actual life, so the distinction to his rising resume of taking part in scowling heavies makes for a pleasant subject.

“Initially… I didn’t wanna be Rashid on screen,” Frequent admits. “If I have to play a chef, I like to learn how to cook… The first roles I was able to get were gangster dudes, but I wanted to do that.” Nevertheless, he says, “Then I got cast in a couple more… the first five or six movies I did, I was holding a gun in each one. At a certain point I was like, ‘I gotta do something different,’ but the truth of the matter is I did want to play dark and different characters to start it off. And let’s face it: Hollywood, at a certain point, they just see ‘Black, he can play the gangster.’ We are consistently breaking down those ideas and concepts of them not really seeing Black people as different types of people.”

Watch the total episode of Folks’s Celebration With Talib Kweli that includes Frequent above.

Folks’s Celebration is a weekly interview present hosted by Talib Kweli with big-name friends exploring hip-hop, tradition, and politics. Subscribe through Apple, Spotify, or YouTube.

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