Twelve years ago, Drumline introduced audiences to New York City troublemaker and drummer Devon Miles (Nick Cannon) who gets a scholarship to attend the fictitious Atlanta A&T University, which takes its marching band very seriously. And now, there’s more Drumline on the way.
VH1 has announced that Cannon will produce their made-for-TV quasi-sequel, which will focus on a new set of characters at a fictional New Orleans university. (Avatar actress Zoe Saldana and Sleepy Hollow’s breakout star Orlando Jones both appeared alongside Cannon in the original.) VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat will follow Dani Bolton from an upper class home in Brooklyn who heads south to join – and revitalize – her college’s once-prominent drumline in the hopes of becoming its first female section leader in the school’s history.
And if you’re not familiar with original, here are 27 reasons to get acquainted (or reacquainted) before the sequel makes its VH1 debut this fall.
1. Because it centers on a high school senior who rebels by mixing it up on the drums during an intrsumental rendition of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” at graduation.
No, sir. YOU knock that off.
16. And this incredibly fierce drum-off that you didn’t even know was a thing until you saw one go down.
19. And that pointing a drumstick in someone’s eye, but not actually poking them is a great way to break the ice.
23. Also, turns out, there are a lot of ways to throw shade if you’re in a percussion section. Like faux drinking out of red Solo cups.
26. Lest we forget the Drumline soundtrack also brought us this jem.
27. And Petey Pablo of “Raise Up” fame, who inexplicably appeared to perform at the end with one of the opposing collegiate marching bands.
TBH, I forgot until I rewatched this movie.