Netflix's 'Beats' is a tribute to hip-hop, the victims of gun violence, and the healing power of music

Netflix's 'Beats' is a tribute to hip-hop, the victims of gun violence, and the healing power of music

Netflix is all set to drop ‘Beats’ starring Anthony Anderson and Khalil Everage as a tormented prodigy on June 19.

The movie is a beautiful tribute to the city of Chicago and tells the touching story of a man overcoming his life’s greatest tragedies.

‘Beats’ tells the story of a young artist who's trying to cope with anxiety caused by the homicide of his sister. While the plot remains fairly straightforward, the music in the film is dope—featuring authentic Chicago artists and some really great beats.

Anthony Anderson and Khalil Everage in Beats (2019). (IMDb)


Khalil Everage kills it in his debut film playing the part of the troubled prodigy August Monroe remarkably well.

While his character has his life turned into a personal hell, it is his music that helps him back on his feet. He soon starts a relationship with the woman he loves.


The movie tells shows that it is possible to have a good life even if you go through tragedy and personal strife.

The film also serves as a love letter to the south side, hip-hop and Chicago at large.

‘Beats’ also addresses the issue of gun violence and the killing of innocent people who are faced with death every day just because of where they live.

The film talks of what one would be willing to give just to be able to make it out and make a living without getting killed.

The beautiful soundtrack is matched by the stunning cinematography and gives the film an ethereal quality. The camera angles, the quick transitions, all work together to communicate emotion and tell a story even when there isn’t a word spoken.



The harsh reality of living with violence out on the streets is shown with frightening normality.

However, the hope that comes with the music contrasts this nightmare and tells you that you could still find a way out.

Greatness can come from the darkest of places and we can all choose to be better than what we’ve been.

In his pursuit of glory and money, Anthony Anderson's Romello Reese does some horrible things.

Through the course of the movie, he is confronted with the cost of the things that he’s done.

August Monroe (Khalil Everage) learns that it’s okay to not be all right and to find a life for himself beyond the trauma that losing his sister has caused.

Through it all, the ever-present spectre of gang violence haunts all the characters.

Everyone has lost someone. Everyone knows the pain.


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