DIRECTOR: Lorenzo King
WRITERS: Lorenzo King
STARRING: Renz Julian, E-40, The Jacka, Mistah Fab, Big Drawz of 11, Salim Tha Uneek
GENRE: Documentary, Music
COUNTRY: United States
Part documentary and part performance art, “Renz Julian: Thug Scholarship” takes audiences on a musical journey through the life of rapper Renz Julian, a former college and pro football player turned musician and street activist. A native of California’s Bay Area, Renz guides his audience through the gritty streets of Oakland and Antioch revealing a powerful story of family and personal struggle set against an urban economic crisis.
Renz chronicles the experience of growing up in a broken, drug-infested home during the height of the 1980’s crack epidemic, his experience as a transient youth trying to make it through adverse circumstances, and the trials and tribulations that came with trying to break into the music business.
Featuring appearances from such other Bay Area music greats as E-40, Mistah Fab and J. Stalin, “Renz Julian: Thug Scholarship” is an intimate portrait of one of rap music’s most significant up-and-coming talents, and one man’s unforgettable story of hope and triumph against all odds.