Andre 3000 Bares Teeth in Jimi Hendrix Biopic Trailer

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.07.14 in News

What next from the mouth of André 3000? The OutKast half has already helped create one of the most impressive discographies in rap (see OutKast: A Career in Review). And in a new trailer for Jimi: All Is by My Side, a Jimi Hendrix biopic starring the MC born André Benjamin, he does a persuasive job embodying the rock icon — including wailing on the guitar and, yes, even pulling off Hendrix’s stage trick of playing the six-string with his teeth.

The film, which premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and also had screenings at South by Southwest 2014, will see a wider release on September 26. Written and directed by John Ridley, who’s coming off an Oscar for writing 12 Years a SlaveJimi: All Is by My Side follows Benjamin as Hendrix during a time when the singer/guitarist was transforming from a backing musician in New York to the international legend he became. “I want my music to go inside the soul of a person,” André-Jimi says in the trailer.

For more from the film, see a clip of Benjamin interacting with co-star Imogen Poots, who plays Linda Keith, the model who inspired the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday.” Earlier this year, Jimi: All Is by My Side producer Danny Bramson told Billboard the rapper honed his chops for the film with six-hour guitar practice sessions. Check out how successful he was in the video trailer below (yes, it came out just before the July 4 weekend, but like Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner,” it has a long expiration date).

Here’s Lenny Kaye on Hendrix’s last years.