Donald Glover’s season one of Atlanta was a truly interesting experience. Despite being named after the city, which is deemed as one of the central spheres of influence in hip-hop, the show focused more on the personal and intimate, less on the actual city itself. Glover’s character Earn’s journey to become more than, well, homeless, is one of many threads that tie the central narrative together, introducing a number of eclectic personalities that all have something unique to say. Season 2 of Atlanta has begun, and if it’s official title “robbin season” means anything, it hints at a closer look into the negative stigmas surrounding the city. The first episode showed more of Atlanta‘s architecture and dilapidated buildings, hinting at some serious cultural elements to be dipslayed later in the season.
The overwhelming success of the show and its ability to paint the city in a slightly off-kilter light means that there are other cities that could presumably achieve the same effect. Out of the most influential cities in rap, period, Detroit would do well to get the Atlanta treatment. Get a cast of quirky entertainers, showcase some of the city’s premier talents that push the envelope in exciting ways, and paint the city’s beauty in ways that it’s never been done before, and you have the recipe for a hit that would resonate with America.
For one, the film Detroit – which captures the Algiers Motel incident of 1967 during the 12th street riots – showed that the world is interested in the notable events that have happened in the city. There’s a market for the city’s dangerous nature and how the street life impacts those who choose to live in it or are forced there by circumstance. The characters of Atlanta fall into either one of these categories and pay for it accordingly. A series about Detroit could frame the life of the streets through a story of music industry triumph and tribulations, sprinkling bits of wonky comedy in to break any dramatic tension.
What would work best for the series would be the city’s unique style of music. It’s derivative of classic bounce rap, but more contemporary. It’s its own style and that’s what would be the draw for the show as a whole. Expect to hear 100% Detroit-endorsed artists like AllStar JR, Rockie Badd, Kash Doll, and Cash Kidd – all offering their own signature stylings that showcase the variety in the city. Atlanta reached to the globe for its musical inclusions; a series about Detroit would stay within the confines of the city.
Of course, all of this is speculation. Atlanta is meant to be study of characters within the city, not necessarily the city itself. But Detroit’s history is as important as a central cast of characters; the city is one. With the proper approach, and some trust on behalf of showrunners hesitant to dip their toes in new waters, a series about Detroit would be something legendary.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: