Today (May 14), the producers behind the upcoming feature film, Revolutions Per Minute, released a short prequel entitled, Keep Pushing. The short film is nearly 15 minutes long and highlights the discovery of a young New York City emcee named Billy Da Kid and sets up his eventual trek through music industry, which is detailed further in Revolutions Per Minute. Keep Pushing stars Harry Lennix, Pharoahe Monch, Brandon Young, and Jadon Woodard.

“It’s my belief that RPM won’t just be a great Hip Hop movie; it will be a great movie, period,” says Harry Lennix via press release. “I’m incredibly happy about this team.”

Woodard, who landed the role after producer Tim Gregory noticed him rapping on a New York City Subway, says “It was really humbling to work alongside legends like Harry Lennix and Pharoahe Monch and I would love to play the character again some day.”

Lennix, Young and Monch will return in Revolutions Per Minute, along with Robert Glasper; Ty Hickson, from indie film Gimme the Loot; Jimmy Jean Louis from NBC’s Heroes, and acclaimed French emcee, Kery James.

Virginia-native, Nottz has been named music supervisor for Revolutions Per Minute.

Along with Gregory, Mzwandile Sibana, John Michael Reefer, Guy Rouette and former Vibe and Essence Editor-in-Chief, Emil Wilbekin are also named as producers and hope to begin shooting Revolutions Per Minute in New York and Paris in late 2015.

View 15-minute short film, Keep Pushing below:

For more information about Revolutions Per Minute, view the video below:

RPM Pitch Video from Timour Gregory on Vimeo.