Director of Nas Project ‘The Land’ Discusses Film

The director compares it to 'Boyz n the Hood' and 'Do the Right Thing.'

By Hayden Wright

Erykah, Badu co-stars in the new movie “The Land,” directed by Steven Caple Jr. and executive produced by rapper Nas. The soundtrack features the collaboration between Nas, Kanye West and French Montana, “Fire it Out,” which debuted in February.

Related: Kanye West Teams with Nas & French Montana for ‘Figure It Out’

“The Land,” which premieres July 29, tells a story of young skateboarders striving to rise above their humble Cleveland upbringings. A new trailer for the movie debuted today.

“We have our classic hood movies, right?” Caple, Jr. said at Sundance. “Like ‘Boyz n the Hood.’ We have our classic conscious films, like Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right’ Thing or ‘Stand By Me.’ The intention behind this [movie]was to capture today’s [voices]. Skateboarding is a whole new element. Usually hood stories are like basketball/football and straight to drugs. Who makes a skateboarding movie with minorities in it?”

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