Vh1's 'ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game'

September 3, 2014 9:35 PM

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Vh1's 'ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game'

Told in five parts through the voices of local legends in the early Atlanta hip-hop movement, the VH1 Rock Doc outlines how politics (Maynard Jackson), economics (War on Drugs) and historical events (civil rights movement and Atlanta Child Murders) collided to create the socio-economic conditions out of which hip-hop culture emerged. Initially, the film does a solid job of exposing viewers to the local culture of the city in the 1970s and 1980s, using archival footage to highlight the places and events out of which much of the culture emerged. Appearances by civil rights icon Andrew (Andy) Young, Atlanta's current mayor Kasim Reed, rapper/actor Michael "Killer Mike" Render and Hip-Hop scholar Dr. Joycelyn Wilson help paint the political landscape against which Atlanta hip-hop was born.

Viewers also get a chance to hear from folks that were at the heart of the early Atlanta hip-hop movement, particularly rapper Mojo whose "Mama I made it" spirit is still on display. Record storeowner Shyran Blakely is positioned as the matriarch of the movement and Organized Noize's Rico Wade and R...

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