“Bodied,” a film about battle rappers, was a natural fit for an actual rapper to write. But director Joseph Kahn was still blown away by the talent of his writer, Canadian battle rapper Alex Larsen, also known as Kid Twist.
“It’s like a rabbit hole of genius over there,” Kahn told TheWrap CEO and editor in chief Sharon Waxman, saying he was particularly impressed by Larsen’s ability to write both sides of rap battles — in a variety of styles.
“Bodied” follows Adam, a student (Calum Worthy) who’s doing a research paper on the use of the N-word in rap battles, and attends a bunch of them with his fellow progressive, politically correct girlfriend. After inadvertently getting in a battle himself and winning, Adam finds himself thriving as a profane MC — to the dismay of his progressive group of friends.
Writing battle raps for a movie is different than writing them for an actual battle, which Larsen considered while he worked on the script.
Larsen wrote the verses in Disaster’s style and then sent him the script.
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