Three decades after climbing the charts, Black Sheep rapper Andres “Dres” Vargas-Titus works on a comeback in the new Paramount+ documentary The Choice Is Yours.
Dres and bandmate William “Mista Lawnge” McLean released their debut studio album, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, in 1991.
Their single “The Choice Is Yours” reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles chart, but the New York duo was never able to duplicate the success of their debut disc.
Now 32 years later, Dres is sharing his story in a documentary named after Black Sheep’s best-known song.
“Hip-Hop definitely gives us the opportunity to blow up,” Dres says in the trailer. “It also gives us the opportunity to implode.”
A voiceover calls out the hip-hop industry for discarding older rappers in a constant search for the next big thing: “If you’re a chef for 25 years, you’re a master chef. If you rhyme for 25 years, you’re just old.”
The film charts Dres’ journey from the top of the rap game to struggling with civilian life. Along the way, he gets a “last chance at success,” Paramount+ notes in a press release.
According to the film’s official description, “He meets Maureen Yancey, aka Ma Dukes, mother to music icon J.Dilla, who gifts him with a hard drive of unreleased Dilla beats and tasks him with creating the next great Dilla record.”
The trailer shows Dres meeting with artists, music executives and journalists to study who Dilla was.
“He’s affording me the platform for the world to see exactly what I have to say today, and that’s all I need,” Dres explains.
But he soon discovers not everyone thinks he’ll “come correct” in his quest to bring the late rapper, producer, and songwriter’s music back to the forefront.
The documentary comes from Versus and MTV Entertainment and is directed and edited by Clark Slater (DMX: Don’t Try And Understand). Tom Colabraro produces and the score is composed by artist and producer Erick The Architect.
The film’s executive producers include Mark Grande, Justin Barnes, Rob Meyers, Bruce Gillmer, and Amanda Culkowski.
The Choice Is Yours begins streaming on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the U.S. and Canada. It will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in the U.K., Australia, Latin America, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Check out the trailer below: