“My first album is about to drop soon,” actor and rapper Shameik Moore tells Rolling Stone in the latest installment of The First Time. “First times are continuing to happen. It’s a wonderful experience.”
In an at-home interview, Moore discusses his collaborations with producer duo Ayo n’ Keyz and his involvement with the film Cut Throat City, a heist film directed by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA that was scheduled for release this year, but is currently delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Moore portrayed another Wu-Tang rapper, Raekwon, in the web series Wu-Tang: An American Saga.) The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse actor later recalled getting challenged to a dance contest by a girl at his performing arts high school.
“‘We do a battle every last Friday of the month at the aquarium — you should come, you should battle,'” he remembered her saying. “My mom took me, and it’s a nightclub, you know what I mean?” Ultimately, Moore came in second place, beating out 10 other kids. “I just swore I wasn’t going to lose again.”
Moore also talked about Static Shock, his favorite comic book superhero – outside of Spider-Man, of course. “Especially with dreads, when I had my hair, I’m definitely Virgil Hawkins.”