(AllHipHop News) Born and raised in South-East London, Andrew “Rapman” Onwubolu gained international notoriety from his three-part YouTube musical drama series Shiro’s Story. The GRM Daily Rated Awards winner then went on to create the Blue Story digital trilogy.
Blue Story was later turned into a feature-length film and released in the United Kingdom in 2019. Rapman wrote and directed the tragic tale of a friendship starring Stephen Odubola, Micheal Ward, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Khali Best, Karla-Simone Spence, Richie Campbell, Jo Martin, and Junior Afolabi Salokun.
Paramount Home Entertainment is now bringing Blue Story to American audiences. The movie will be available to buy or rent on digital platforms in the United States beginning May 5. Viewers that purchase a digital copy will also have access to bonus content such as deleted/extended scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Blue Story currently has a 93% critics rating based on 14 reviews and a 75% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The motion picture also won Best Film at the 2020 NME Awards over Hustlers, Joker, Midsommar, and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
“As soon as I saw Shiro’s Story and met Raps I knew he had a unique vision combined with an original storytelling ability. I hope Blue Story will be the first of many films for him,” said Blue Story producer Damian Jones of DJ Films.
Since his meteoric rise via the internet, Andrew “Rapman” Onwubolu has since signed a management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. After making his directorial debut with Blue Story, Rapman was tapped to take the helm for Paramount Players’ upcoming thriller American Son which is based on Jacques Audiard’s Oscar-nominated French film A Prophet.
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🎉 Biggest moment of my career!!!🎉🙌🏾 I can finally announce I’m the newest member of ROC Nation! This deal is for Management, Film and TV as well as my own Record Label. I look forward to signing my first artist in 2019 on top of releasing my feature film and new TV shows. Thank you so much to @thebullitts for making this deal happen and to the rest of @rocnation for believing in me. For everyone who’s been supporting me thank you! You are responsible for getting me to this point. I went from a council estate in south east London to sitting in Jay-Z’s AMAZING home talking for hours about everything from his first album to Shiro’s story. He dropped so many gems on me I literally feel like I’m ready to take over the world!! It truly was a life changing experience and made me know with hard work consistency and faith anything in life is possible. The hard work starts now!!#GodsPlan 🙏🏾 P.S Jays house is like nothing I’ve ever seen I told him one day I will have a home like this and he agreed 🙂 #rocnation