At this point, you’re probably over the Love and Hip Hop scenes where some rapper’s wife packs her bags in slow motion, throws on some Chanel sunglasses and closes the door to the mansion she and his cheating behind once shared while Alicia Keys’ “New Day” plays in the background. If that’s the case, Irv Gotti of Murder Inc. fame wants to bring you something a little different: money, fame, sex and murder and of course great music.
BET reports that Gotti is the creator and executive producer behind Tales, a project that comes from his production company, Visionary Ideas. Tales is described as a scripted anthology series of “song stories” weaving classic and current hip-hop songs into visually stunning narratives. Boris Kodjoe, Elise Neal and Lance Gross are a few familiar faces you’ll spot on the series.
Featured songs will include N.W.A’s “F**k the Police,” Notorious B.I.G.’s “I Got a Story to Tell,” Meek Mill’s “Cold Hearted” and Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”. The stories told in each song are imagined as cinematic adventures with different directors, including Irv Gotti’s directorial debut. Each episode is written by a different screenwriter, introducing Tales as an innovative twist to the hip-hop culture by reimagining our favorite hip-hop songs into “mini-movies,” each broken down into three-act, sixty-minute narratives. The series which is set to air on June 27, will be presented in a multi-platform cross-collaboration with Tidal in which the global service will stream exclusive director’s cut versions of the episodes following their initial airings on BET.
Last year Stephen Hill, who was President of Programming at the network at the time, shared his thoughts on the project:
“Obviously, BET played a lot of videos in its infancy. Now that storytelling has evolved as we work to bring viewers new exciting content that reflects some of the greatest stories that hip-hop has told in the 20th and 21st centuries.”
Gotti says the goal of the series is simple:
“Entertain. Entertain. Entertain.”
“This isn’t no reality show s**t and not a video. I’m going to tell a story like only I can tell a story and involve the hip-hop culture, which is colorless. Visionary Ideas is DreamWorks times 100, which is a crazy statement as big as DreamWorks is. But that’s my goal.”
Two questions: Does Boris appear shirtless and what time?