12-year-old Memphis rapper, Lil’ P-Nut (Benjamin Flores Jr.), had the opportunity of a lifetime when he starred in the documentary Take Me to the River. The film is directed by Martin Shore and Executive Produced by Snoop Dogg, Terrence Howard, John Beug, and Ted Chung. It celebrates the rich musical history of Memphis soul and blues, while bringing together the old and new generations with the hopes of bringing back the passion and inspiring others. The film screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival where it won an award and critical acclaim.
The doc explores the story of Memphis within the frameworks of music, race, and gender as the artists come together to create a new album filled with nostalgia. The album also looks forward to seeing new Memphis stars, such as Lil’ P-Nut, rise and become part of their new story. During the process, the young rapper got to spend time in the studio collaborating with musical legends such as William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, and so many more.
Lil’ P-Nut is currently starring on the Nickelodeon series The Haunted Hathaways. He is also known for voicing Atticus the rapping penguin in Happy Feet Two and has been featured on The Arsenio Hall Show three times.
The companion album for Take Me to the River will be available on September 9th, shortly before the film’s theatrical release on the 12th.