Noisey made another trip to Atlanta in hopes of shining more light on the city’s beloved trap rap scene. Back in 2015, they released a 10-part documentary, Noisey: Atlanta, which was met with serious backlash.
This week, Vice’s music minds tried it one more time with Migos, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Killer Mike, T.I., Young Thug, Jeezy, Coach K and others. Throughout the 44-minute film, Zack Goldbaum hits up the backstreet trap houses, studios, and strip clubs in ATL.
“Atlanta is a city where things have always co-existed, Killer Mike say in the documentary. “Crack era hit about ’85-’86. And as the drug units got bigger, the drug laws got heavier, those guys started getting knocked off. The younger dudes who couldn’t work the front street, they had to get to the back of the apartments where it was one way in and one way out.”
“And literally, you started hearing adults saying, “I don’t know what they back there in the mouse trap for. I don’t know what they back there in the dope trap for. It was not looked at favorably…even though you was trapping the money, it only came in that one way, you had to worry about getting robbed, because you little or you don’t have the rank as the other dudes.”