VH1 ROCK DOCS TAKES YOU DOWN SOUTH FOR "ATL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ATLANTA'S RISE IN THE RAP GAME" PREMIERING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 10PM ET/PT
NEW YORK, NY-AUGUST 14, 2014-VH1's award-winning "Rock Doc" franchise takes you down to the dirty south with the premiere of "ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game" on Tuesday, September 2 at 10PM ET/PT. The 90-minute documentary investigates the rich, complex untold story of Atlanta's fascinating rise to the top of the rap industry, which created a major force within American music. The film chronicles the decisions of the city's forefathers in post-civil rights Atlanta as they created an environment for African-American arts and culture to thrive, which set the scene for a local hip-hop scene to emerge.
"ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game" uncovers the epic story of an American city's evolution, from segregation to the Atlanta of today, which has now been nicknamed "Black Hollywood." VH1 tells the story of how Atlanta's modern-day rap dominance emerged from the struggle to break away from the genre's contemporary leaders in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx in New York and from South Central and Compton on the west coast. Featuring interviews and commentary from Atlanta's mega-stars including: Ludacris, Usher, T.I., Jeezy, Lil Jon, Future, Jermaine Dupri and pioneers of rap Kilo Ali, Raheem the Dream, MoJo, MC Shy D and the producers of Organized Noize (who discovered two 17-year old kids who went by the name "Outkast"). The ATL rap movement was helped along by social and political icons and ATL interviewees such as Ambassador Andrew Young, Mayor Kasim Reed and Dominique Wilkins. Blending all of these perspectives, "ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game" is a truly unique story that reveals how Atlanta justly earned the mantle of hip-hop dominance and can now command the reputation as hip-hop's center of gravity.
VH1's Emmy Award winning Rock Docs are feature-length music documentaries focusing on a variety of today's popular genres, trends and views.
"ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game" is written, directed and executive produced by Brad Bernstein, Rick Cikowski and Brandon Dumlao for Corner of the Cave Media. Executive producers also include Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Chaka Zulu, Jeff Dixon, Aiyisha T. Obafemi, Jason Jeter and Bernard Parks. Executive producers for VH1 include Warren Cohen, Brad Abramson and Stephen Mintz.
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VH1 Rock Docs are high-end feature length documentaries that each reveal an untold story in the history of rock and hip-hop music, combining never-before-seen footage with a unique and unconventional narrative approach. The documentaries tell some of the most unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles and musical perspectives.
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