Now showing at the Sundance Film Festival -- featured in two movies, no less! -- is Universal Records rapper, Sticky Fingaz. Sticky, who will release his debut solo album, "Black Trash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones" on Feb. 27, has a parallel career as an actor and has, in fact, been acting almost as long as he has been rapping. At the festival, the rapper will be a featured performer in "Lift" as a member of a shoplifting ring and in "MacArthur Park "kind of a pimp role in crackhead society," he says."See Also:
Sticky the actor was previously lead voice in the platinum-plus group, Onyx, before branching out on his own, getting small movie parts, mainly in action films, such as "Ride" and the soon to be released "Lockdown." His other credits include "In Too Deep," "Clockers," and "Dead Presidents" and major roles in "True Vinyl," "The Price of Air" and in fellow rapper-actor Ice Cube’s "Next Friday."
On the small screen, Sticky has been seen on "NY Undercover," "413 Hope Street," and "Good News." Look for the rapper in upcoming roles in "G vs. E.," "The Parkers" and "Nash Bridges." Sticky Fingaz, who has negotiated a three-picture deal with Miramax Pictures, has no problems about combining his rap persona with his front-of-camera activities.
"Rappers have always been actors because, if they're good, they work with words and scenarios, act out stories for the ear and for the mind," he said. "When I started going to a lot of open audition calls, it just seemed natural to me. Rapping and acting are part of the same thing."
In fact, Sticky Fingaz designed his latest recording, "Black Trash" to unveil much as a movie does. There is a "Black Trash" animated movie in the works that that Sticky will star in. "I call it an audio movie," he said. "I want to erase that line between music and the movies. I want to go deeper and use both rap and the visual image to reinforce each other. The album is like one big movie -- I play the part of Kirk Jones who is not my alter ego but just a character in the story -- and I intend the video to be like one big album."
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