(Review Contains Spoilers)
By: Shanita Hicks
The new television series Atlanta premiere aired on FX Tuesday night starring actor and famed rapper Childish Gambino. Within the two-part series premiere, we are ushered into the world of hustling and dreams normally captured in the hearts of many aspiring rappers and performers dwelling in the city of Atlanta. To me the overall feel of the show resembles the styling of the 2006 urban cult classic similarly titled ATL.
When Earn Marks (Childish Gambino) see’s that his cousin Alfred Miles also known as Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) has a real chance at a successful rap career and album, he takes off in search of him in order to regain his connection and possibly land him in the money that he do desperately needs to provide for his child. His cousin, Paper Boi is reluctant at first because of their disconnect after a close family members passing but decides to allow Earn to manage him.
However, Earn felt his world was finally turning for the better until Paper Boi decides to take matters into his own hands after a damaging incident with his car. Both guys find themselves thrown in jail and are left there to reflect on personal change and the social climates of prison. Earn is later bailed out of jail by his child’s mother Van (Zazie Beetz) whom originally entrusted his assistance in watching their young daughter.
Atlanta provides is an interesting take on social issues that currently plague us a society as well as showing layers to the lives of those just trying to chase the American dream. From the gritty cinematography to the infectious musical selection peppered throughout the show, Atlanta is going to be a show on Tuesday nights that will leave you consciously thinking and also thoroughly entertained. Atlanta is tapped to air 10 episodes this season. Catch it on FX every Tuesday night at 10/9c.