‘After Party’ Star and Rapper Kyle Wants All Hip-Hop Artists to Make Movies

Rapper Kyle’s role in Netflix’s “The After Party” may be his first foray into film, but the world of a young hip-hop artist desperate to break into the music industry was all too familiar to him.

“This is a movie that I wish I had when I was 17 years old,” the musician told Variety at the film’s premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday. “I needed to see it in real life. I needed to see what I was trying to accomplish in a film that’s so descriptive, so accurate to the story of being a rapper.”

In the musical comedy produced by Live Nation Productions, Kyle plays Owen, an up-and-coming rapper whose career prospects couldn’t be more bleak — until video of him projectile vomiting on Wiz Khalifa goes viral on social media. In order to save his shot at a music career, his best friend and manager, Jeff (Harrison Holzer), gets him access to an after-party teeming with musicians and moguls.

Aside from Kyle’s starring role, several other hip-hop artists make appearances in the film, including Khalifa, Teyana Taylor, DJ Khaled, and French Montana. But that’s not enough for Kyle, who believes every hip-hop artist should bring their talents to Hollywood.

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