Maino's preparing to hit the stage, but he's not about to go on tour.
According to HipHopDX, Brooklyn emceeÂ Maino has been chosen toÂ star as the lead characterÂ in a hip hop musicalÂ called 'Freedom'Â that willÂ shed light onÂ unjust incarceration.Â MostÂ recently, heÂ appeared inÂ ItsTheReal's latest video 'Beef Wit Us' in the role of a "soft nerd." His next acting gig is quite the opposite,Â addressing whatÂ the playwrights believe is a seriousÂ issue.Â
From the press release:Â "Jurors go into trials thinking that if a defendant was seen committing a crime, and they confessed to doing the crime, they are guilty. However, statistics show that in 25% of the cases where the defendant was exonerated because of DNA, they had made incriminating statements, confessed, or plead guilty. Mistaken identifications account for a third of wrongful convictions. Statistics reveal innocent people get convicted every day."
The productionÂ is based onÂ theÂ false arrest and conviction of David Ranta,Â who was convicted of murdering rabbi Chaskel Werzberger in 1991. He was released last monthÂ after serving more thanÂ 20 years.Â
Maino will appear on stage alongside actressÂ Felecia Gorham, andÂ lyricist/composerÂ Chi-Ill will handle the score.Â
Peep the video for 'Beef Wit Us' below, and stay tuned for updates.Â