Rapper-Turned-Mayor Comedy Series Heads to ABC
A new hip-hop related comedy series is coming to ABC. The currently unnamed television show will follow a rapper-turned-mayor protagonist.
The storyline follows a struggle rapper who runs for mayor to promote his mixtape and ends up winning. According to Deadline, the show is written and executive produced by Jeremy Bronson, who has worked for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, worked as a political producer for MSNBC, and currently works as a co-executive producer on ABC’s breakout new comedy Speechless.
Daveed Diggs of Hamilton fame will also executive produce the new ABC series. He also had roles in Netflix's The Get Down and ABC's Black-ish. Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark's BlueGrass FanFare are also involved in the project, which doesn't have a start date just yet.
The new ABC show is yet another example of how hip-hop has managed to make its way into every facet of entertainment. From tech to fashion to alcohol, rappers have stepped into industries that used to snub them. Hip-hop-inspired TV shows are a prime example of how the culture has been spread into mainstream media. In case you missed it, be sure to check out XXL's list of the most popular hip-hop inspired shows. Boondocks, Fresh Prince, and Empire and many more made the cut.
Power is one of the more popular rap-inspired shows at the moment. After Starz renewed its contract in July, the network president and CEO Chris Albrecht said, “In Curtis, we not only have an immense talent, but an executive producer who brings a unique perspective, an authentic voice and passionate fan base that has helped in a large part propel the success of the series."
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