Noisey, Vice Media‘s music chapter, has released a new series exploring the relationship between Atlanta, Georgia’s rap, trap-music and drug scenes. The 10 episodes – trailer, above – are conducted in a reality-style format and feature Noisey’s Thomas Morton truly immersing himself into the scene, no matter how dangerous it appears.
I’ve personally give the man props for that.
Noisey Atlanta is directed by Andy Capper and features appearances from a slew of hip-hop notables including 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Jeezy, Grammy-nominated newcomer iLoveMakonnen, and hit-producers Mike Will Made-It, Metro Boomin, and 808 Mafia.
The series premiered its first episode, above, on Noisey’s YouTube channel in mid-January. To date, there have only been four episodes uploaded with the release of the remaining six pending. Having watched the first two episodes (second episode, below), I can attest to how fascinating this documentary truly is.
The drugs, guns, money and fast life are very real and extremely dangerous, but the ambitious artists featured in Noisey Atlanta are chasing after their own sort of urban, American dream, no matter what obstacles they have to overcome to obtain a powerful position in the scene. Noisey Atlanta is an interesting watch for any fan of hip-hop, urban culture, or for anyone who wants to broaden their cultural horizons.
Noisey says that Noisey Atlanta is:
From the makers of Noisey Chiraq, a new 10-part series documenting unprecedented access into the Atlanta rap scene. Hosted by Vice / HBO / Noisey’s Thomas Morton and directed by Andy Capper, the series stars artists like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Jeezy, upcoming stars like the Grammy-nominated iLoveMakonnen, and also spends time with the new wave of super-producers like Mike Will Made-It (Miley Cyrus), Metro Boomin, and 808 Mafia.
The series goes behind the songs and into the trap houses, neighborhoods, problems, and solutions that have inspired the wheelhouse behind one of America’s most vibrant and influential music scenes. Also featuring appearances by the Atlanta Police Department, gang members, the ATL Twins and Curtis Snow (Snow On Da Bluff), we attempt to illustrate the complex and vibrant rap scene and what that culture means to the city.