Shameik Moore interview: The star of Dope on his musical influences (VIDEO).

Dope Star Shameik Moore on the Music He Loves to Jam To

Dope Star Shameik Moore on the Music He Loves to Jam To

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Jan. 26 2015 4:10 PM

Dope Star Shameik Moore on the Music He Loves to Jam To

Jib (Tony Revolori), Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), and Malcolm (Shameik Moore) in Dope.
Jib (Tony Revolori), Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), and Malcolm (Shameik Moore) in Dope.

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One of the breakout films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival is Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope, a coming-of-age story about identifying as a black nerd in the rough environment of Inglewood, California, and its breakout star is 19-year-old Shameik Moore.*

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Moore plays Malcolm, a smart, overachieving high school senior who finds himself unwillingly entangled in a drug deal as he’s trying to get into Harvard. Malcolm and his best friends, Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revolori), are also really into ’90s hip-hop, so we asked Moore about his own personal musical favorites.

Correction, Jan. 26, 2015: This post originally misspelled Rick Famuyiwa's last name.

Slate Sessions video edited by Rob Naylor. Interview booked by Raquel Bruno. Executive produced by Ayana Morali.

Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.

Rob Naylor is a freelance editor/producer/director and owns the production company, Very Smart Productions.