Down with the King
2021 / United States / 100 Minutes / Diego Ongaro
Money Merc – is a famous rap artist, who has been sent by his manager to a rural house
in the Berkshires to focus on his next album. Unbeknownst to Paul, his manager, Merc
is doing quite the opposite – he doesn’t have the desire to lay down any tracks.
Disenchanted with his rap career and the 24/7 upkeep that such fame entails, Merc
spends most of his time at his neighbor’s farm learning about farming and enjoying the
simplicity of country life. After Merc abruptly announces his retirement on Twitter, Paul
rushes to the countryside to lure him back into the music industry. Paul explains to
Mercury the realities of his financial situation – Merc’s wealth is based on advances on
future albums that he must deliver. Merc finds himself at a crossroads. He has to
choose between continuing his career to support his family or starting a new life away
from the music industry.