Playdate: Meet me in the TRAP.. It’s Going Down.
This week, as the pomp and circumstance around Super Bowl LIII puts even more eyes than usual on Atlanta, my sense of pride for my home base is hitting a new plateau of pride. When I was in college, in an underdeveloped southern city, we hated any run-ins with locals – much like the infamous KFC scene in “School Daze”. However, when you’re a local from a magical, Wakanda-esque city like Atlanta, you’re part of an elite fraternity of people primed and prepped to influence the world.
Enter Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known as T.I., a Westside Atlanta native who knows all about the cultural privilege and melanin-laced magic that comes along with being reared in the 404. (Yes, we have several zip codes now, but that’s the original. Deal.)
Harris’ latest project, that doesn’t happen to be an album, is the insanely popular “Trap Museum”, an expertly curated collection of memorabilia – including coveted awards, lyric sheets, artwork and wardrobe – and vignettes that tell the story of one of the specifically exciting trap music genre, birthed right here in the A. Personalities featured in the museum include Jeezy, Future, Migos and 2Chainz.
Because it ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none, I met some of my favorite people, who also happen to be force in media, at the museum for a night dedicated to the people, places and things that keep us crunk, lit and turnt. (That was for the culture). The evening was perfect. I felt right at home, and since pictures are worth a thousand words, I’ll let the gallery do the remainder of the talking.
Get into it, shawty.