ABFF 2017: Irv Gotti Talks About Creating New BET Series “Tales”

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ABFF 2017: Irv Gotti Talks About Creating New BET Series “Tales”
Posted by Wilson Morales

June 26, 2017

During the 2017 American Black Film Festival (ABFF), Blackfilm.com had the opportunity to speak with Murder Inc. founder Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo about his new collaboration with BET Networks, “Tales,” a scripted anthology series of “song stories” weaving classic and current hip-hop songs into visual narratives from the lyrics of some of hip-hop’s greatest hits.

Created and executive produced by Gotti and his Visionary Ideas production company, alongside producer Ron Robinson, writer/producer Joy Kecken and co-producers Darcell Lawrence, John Bryant and Sonny Lorenzo, “Tales” is set to premiere on BET on June 27, 2017.

The premiere episode recreates NWA’s “F*ck the Police”, which focuses on a controversial police shooting of a young boy that flips the biases and stereotypes of today’s society. And each week, the suspenseful stories reimagine the meaning of each original song and take viewers on an adventure into some of the stories that play inspiration to the most iconic hip-hop hits.

Throughout the episodes, cast members include Woody McClain, Keith Powers, Boris Kodjoe, Jennifer Freeman, Elise Neal, MC Lyte, Lance Gross, Christian Robinson, Matthew Noszka, Chet Hanks, Clifton Powell, Michelle Hayden, Michelle Mitchenor, Lil Duval, DC Young Fly, Rico Ball and more help bring the music to life in the BET original series.

“Tales” episode 101 – F*ck Tha Police. (Photo: Mark Hill/BET)

Through songs like NWA’s “F*ck the Police”, Notorious B.I.G.’s “I Got a Story to Tell”, Meek Mill’s “Cold Hearted”, Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”, to name a few, each song’s lyrics 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 hip-hop culture by reimagining our favorite hip-hop songs as we know them into “mini-movies”.

The premiere episode which stars Menace II Society’s Tyrin Turner, Chet Hanks (Tom Hanks’ son), Boris Kodjoe and Clifton Powell is a recreation of NWA’s “F*ck the Police” and, according to BET, “focuses on a controversial police shooting of a young boy, and warps some of the racial biases and stereotypes we see in today’s society.”

Interview with Irv Gotti


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