Knarren und Scheine: Welcome to the Trap (Noisey Doku)

Trap Musik ist eigentlich nicht der Sound, von Künstlern wie Mr. Carmack, Hudson Mohawke oder oder Stwo, den ich selber zur Zeit auch viel im Club spiele.

Der Ursprung liegt in Atlanta und ist eine Unterart des Rap, im Mainstream etabliert zum Beispiel von Young Jeezy und Gucci Mane. Die klangliche Ästhetik ähnelt sich durchaus, doch der Hintergrund ist ein anderer.

Die Noisey Doku Welcome to the Trap beleuchtet den Hintergrund und besucht Rapper wie Gucci oder die Migos. Ein Einblick in eine Welt voller Knarren und Scheine.

Lieblings-Szene: Thomas Morton fragt Bleu Davinchi wer Meech sei. Stille. Drei Typen wissen nicht, was sie sagen sollen, denn Demetrius „Big Meech“ Flenory ist durchaus eine bekannte Persönlichkeit in Atlanta.

Die Episoden 2 und 3 findet Ihr weiter unten, Nummer 4 – 7 gibt es hier drüben.

„When a rapper’s rapping, you should be able to smell the dope cooking.“

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.

Noisey Atlanta is a 10-part series documenting unprecedented access into the city’s rap scene. Hosted by VICE / HBO / Noisey’s Thomas Morton and directed by Andy Capper—the makers of Noisey Chiraq—the series stars artists like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Jeezy, iLoveMakonnen, and also spends time with the new wave of super-producers like Mike Will Made-It, Metro Boomin, and 808 Mafia.

-> 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.

-> Thomas continues his conversation with Coach K about the origin of trap music, beginning with Young Jeezy’s 2004 mixtape, 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.

Danke Felix