‘Hip Hop Homicides’ producer hopes series will curb rap deaths | HipHopDX


Takeoff’s tragic death earlier this week underscores the violence that continues to plague the hip-hop community, but one of the masterminds behind it Hip hop murder hope the upcoming series will help curb this alarming trend.

Hosted by Van Lathan and executive produced by 50 cents and Mona Scott-Young, Hip hop murder investigates the staggering number of murders in rap and seeks to uncover the truth behind the tragic and untimely deaths of stars Pop Smoke, XXXTEN ACTION and King Von.

More than just your average true-crime series, Hip hop murder takes a “big picture” view of the epidemic of violence in hip-hop by examining how factors such as race, class, crime and policing played a role in these shocking killings.

Ahead of the premiere Thursday (November 3) Hip hop murder showrunner and executive producer Fr Frank Williams talked to HipHopDX about the inspiration behind the hard-hitting series, as well as his ambitions for the show.

“It was truly a labor of love to produce this series,” he said. “Often the families and friends of these victims are hesitant to talk about these incidents for a myriad of reasons.

“But Hip hop murder The team was determined to make sure we gave them a proper investigation to help fans learn more about what really happened and to also bring closure to their families.”

He added: “The latest murders of rappers PnB Rock and take off from Migos is earth shattering and sad. The crisis in hip-hop culture is very real. Rappers who were once celebrated seem to have a target on their backs today. We keep asking: When does it stop?

Hip hop murder hope to be a conversation starter so we discuss and then provide solutions to stop the violence.”

Fr Frank Williams is no stranger to investigating deaths in Hip Hop. An award-winning journalist and film/TV producer, the Oakland, California native covered the still-unsolved murders of 2 Pac and Biggie to publications such as The source and Los Angeles Times in the 1990ies.

“As a journalist and producer who covered the murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious BIG, it is very troubling to still be covering murder in the culture of 2022,” he said. “Mainstream media all too often portrays them as thugs and gangsters.

“But just as it was in the mid-1990s, my goal was to humanize these artists and show a three-dimensional portrait of them as fathers, friends, sons, daughters and members of their communities.”

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First episode of Hip hop murder — sent Thursday at 9pm ET on WE tv — sets Pop Smoke’s murder in February 2020 under the microscope, complete with an interview with his mentor 50 Cent.

The Brooklyn rapper was fatally shot during a botched robbery in the Hollywood Hills, but there may be more to the case as “the scene lacked the usual signs of forced entry and search associated with these crimes,” according to the episode description.

Other guests throughout the eight-episode series include French Montana, Youth, Mannie Fresh and Vic Mensawho each share valuable insight into the deaths of their close friends and collaborators in the rap game.

New episodes of Hip hop murder sent every Thursday at 9pm ET on WE tv before it can be streamed on AMC’s ALLBLK the following Monday.

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