Noisey Presents Atlanta 1
Noisey Presents Atlanta 1
Episode 1 - Welcome to the Trap
In the first episode of our new 10-part series on Atlanta, host Thomas Morton meets longtime stick-up boy Curtis Snow (Snow On Da Bluff) while explaining what Atlanta means and why it's become the center of drug trafficking and rap music. Later, we find ourselves in iconic Patchwerk Studios with Black Mafia Family's Bleu Davinci. He explains the rise and fall of BMF, the city's scene over the last decade, and what he thinks it takes to make it today. After a game of pool, we head to the strip club to meet Migos.
Episode 2 - Meet the Migos
Thomas meets Migos during a video shoot at Magic City, Atlanta's most famous strip club. Following their hit "Versace" in 2013, Gucci Mane took the group under his wing. They signed with his manager Coach K and went on to work with the super producer Zaytoven, crafting some of the most entertaining and innovative new music from the city. Now all they've gotta do is stay out of trouble.
Episode 3 - Gucci & Jeezy: Trap Lords
Thomas continues his conversation with Coach K about the origin of trap music, beginning with Young Jeezy's 2004 mixt ape, Tha Streets Iz Watchin (according to Coach). Both Coach and super producer Zaytoven—who rose to prominence alongside Gucci Mane—explain the explosion of the genre and eventual beef between Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane. We quickly learn that Gucci Mane has not only become one of the most significant rappers in the Atlanta scene, but has so much leverage that his opinion can essentially decide the career trajectory of any new rapper trying to make it. What's perhaps most impressive is that Gucci's influence is still just as prominent as ever—even though he's currently locked up until 2016.
Episode 4 - Trouble with the ATL Twins
Thomas enters the strange world of the ATL Twins, the brothers that live a life that’s akin to a Shakespearean farce costumed by streetwear. They talk about Gucci Mane, who they met through Harmony Korine, during the making of Spring Breakers. We also meet an artist known as The Devil. He takes Thomas across town to a fully-working trap house, to meet the rapper Trouble and his crew, Duct Tape Entertainment.
Episode 5 - Shots Fired In Little Mexico with Young Scooter & Gucci
Thomas rides along with a police officer through East Atlanta's Zone 6 and we learn about the complicated sprawling neighborhoods of the city and what the cops think of Gucci. Still stoned from his previous meeting with Trouble, he links with rapper Young Scooter in an area of Zone 6 known as Little Mexico. During the conversation, Scooter gets a message that somebody has been shot.