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by Shipra Gupta
July 3, 2014 9:00 PM
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Watch: André Benjamin is Jimi Hendrix Without His Music in Biopic 'Jimi: All Is by My Side'

XLrator Media has released a trailer for the Jimi Hendrix biopic, "Jimi: All Is by My Side" starring André Benjamin a.k.a. André 3000. Written and directed by "12 Years a Slave" scribe John Ridley, who won an Academy Award for his script for the film earlier this year, "Jimi: All Is by My Side" premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film chronicles Hendrix's meteoric rise to fame -- from his days as a backup guitarist, to his sabbatical in London, where he formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and finally, his return to the United States at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Although Benjamin looks uncannily like Hendrix, without the rights to perform the storied musician's music (Hendrix's estate refused to provide the film with the rights to use his original compositions), "Jimi: All Is by My Side" lacks the single most important component of any music biopic.

Hendrix's original music is more than just a factual necessity -- it is an emotional necessity for his fans. Even in the trailer, the absence of Hendrix's music is apparent. When Benjamin/Hendrix says, "I want my music to go inside of a soul of a person" and that "for me it's colors -- I want people to feel the music the same way I see it," the blues-y track in the background is rather underwhelming, despite the emphasis placed on the guitar.

"Jimi: All Is by My Side" will be released in theaters on September 26th. Watch the full trailer below:


  • JOHN DOE | July 4, 2014 11:44 AMReply

    I agree. Andre 3 stacks is one of the best to do it. The hottest out the south if you ask me, but we wont go into that. Plus, he's been in other movies as well so he IS a established actor already as well. "Your onky funky as your last cut, concentrate on the pasr your @ss will be a has what."

  • Axel | July 3, 2014 10:28 PMReply

    A potted plant has more acting chops than "Andre 2000". Real actors must get sick of gangster crappers getting movie roles.

  • Delij | July 4, 2014 10:59 AM

    Andre 3000 a gangster rapper? If you consider him gangster, than you've clearly never listened to him. His lyrics have always been humorous, humble, experimental, philosophical, and introspective. Musically, he has more in common with soul or funk (ie - parliament-funkadelic, sly and the family stone, Curtis Mayfield etc.). Calling him a gangster rapper is the equivalent of calling the Beatles a heavy metal band - it's ridiculous and ill-informed.