The Freaknik Is Back… Sort Of
While it was said a while back that we would get a “T-Wayne” album from Auto-Tune aficionado T-Pain and rap superstar Lil’ Wayne, nothing of the sort has developed yet. However, the two have been working together to give their audiences something… on the small screen.
Both artists will be voicing cartoon characters for Adult Swim’s upcoming hour-long special, Freaknik: The Musical. Of course, the special is based on the popular spring festival attended mainly by students at historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs) in the ATL. After complaints about crowded streets and public disturbances and rowdiness, city officials took action to scale the attraction back. The last Freaknik in Atlanta was held in 1999, and many ATL representers seem to miss it.
“I don’t know about you but I miss the freaknik
Cause that’s when my city use to be real sick
People from other cities use to drive for miles
Just to come get a taste of this ATL style” – Jermaine Dupri, “Welcome To Atlanta Remix”
Freaknik: The Musical will, no doubt, serve to commemorate the urban Woodstock that was. The idea evolved from what was planned as a regular series created by rapper and producer David Banner, among others. The series was to be titled That Crook’d Sipp and was to be set in my home state of Mississippi.
Yes, I’m pretty sure you already knew what he looks like, but how often do I get to mention *for good or bad* where I’m from on this blog?
Banner will be featured as the voice of one of the characters in the retooled special as well. In addition to T-Wayne and David Banner, Rick Ross will have a role in the cartoon as well as other yet-to-be-named special guests.
The special – set to air in March – is a little ign’ant peculiar, to say the least. First of all, it seems to incorporate an element from Charles Dickens’s, A Christmas Carol. T-Pain will star as a sort of “Ghost of Freaknik Past,” who revives the fest and brings it back to Atlanta. In an even wackier move, Lil’ Wayne is slated to play Jesus Christ and rumor has it that he will be performing a parody song entitled “Ghetto Commandments.”
I can’t make this stuff up. Here’s a trailer.
For the record, Adult Swim yanked this trailer from its website. Freaknik: The Musical was supposed to air sometime in ’09, but can now be expected to air on March 21.
From the looks of things, minstrelsy is upon us. Is it just me, or will they put anything on TV?
Those are preliminary statements, however, and I’ll save actual judgement of the material for the airing of the entire show.
What do you think of the trailer/concept? Will you tune in to Freaknik: The Musical? Have the folks at Adult Swim lost their minds? Let me know in the comments section!
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