Freaknik: The Musical

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Freaknik: The Musical
Freaknik - The Musical.jpg
Promotional poster
Format Special, Comedy,
Musical, Animation
Written by Carl Jones
Nick Weidenfeld
Directed by Chris Prynoski
Jacob Escobedo
Starring T-Pain
Andy Samberg
Bill Hader
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Cash
Sophia Fresh
Snoop Dogg
DJ Pooh
Kelis
George Clinton
Bootsy Collins
Cee-Lo
Lil Jon
Big Boi
Kel Mitchell
Affion Crockett
Charlie Murphy
DJ Drama
Mack Maine
Carl Jones
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Carl Jones
Nick Weidenfeld
T-Pain
David Abram
Rocco Valdes
Mike Blumstein
Running time 60 minutes
91 minutes (Uncut)
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original airing March 7, 2010
External links
Website

Freaknik: The Musical is a musical television special produced by T-Pain. It features the voice of T-Pain as the Ghost of Freaknik, as well as the voices of entertainers such as Lil Wayne, Young Cash, Snoop Dogg, Sophia Fresh, and Rick Ross, and comedians such as Andy Samberg and Charlie Murphy who provide additional voices. It was scheduled to air on Cartoon Network's late night programming block Adult Swim sometime in 2009, but after several push-backs, it premiered on March 7, 2010. The musical is based on the actual music festival of the same name that used to take place in Atlanta, Georgia.

A soundtrack was released by Jive Records and Nappy Boy records on April 20, 2010. The 90-minute uncut version of Freaknik: The Musical has been released on DVD and other forms of home media.

Plot[edit]

The movie starts at a party that a group of teenagers (Kid 'n Play) claims is the best party they have ever attended. An elderly man (Lil Jon) joins the party and explains the history of Freaknik. He tells them that Freaknik threw the biggest party of all time, until it was broken up by the police; he claims the police killed Freaknik. The group is then led by the old man in summoning Freaknik, who appears as the Ghost of Freaknik Past (T-Pain).

The scene changes to a radio announcer (DJ Drama) who is interviewing Freaknik. The announcer and Freaknik explain that a rapping contest will be held, the victor of which will get "a lifetime supply of money, clothes, and hoes". The scene changes once more to the bedroom of Virgil (Young Cash), Big Uzi (Rick Ross), and Light Skin (Cee-Lo Green), collectively known as the Sweet Tea Mobsters, a group of teenage rappers from Sweet Tea, Florida, who hope to achieve fame. The group decides to drive to Atlanta to participate in the aforementioned contest, along with their weed-smoking (and supplying) friend Doela Man (DJ Pooh).

During their journey, Light Skin tells of a secret society of African Americans called the Boule, fraternity parlance for "a council of noblemen", that seeks to guide the course of black culture. The members of this organization are parodies of Oprah Winfrey (Kelis), Al Sharpton (Charlie Murphy), Bill Cosby (Kel Mitchell), Russell Simmons (Affion Crockett), O. J. Simpson, and Jesse Jackson. They wear medallions inscribed "10%", an allusion to the W. E. B. Du Bois essay The Talented Tenth, which says that a class of exceptional members of the black race will rise to lead it.

The Sweet Tea Mobsters make a number of pit stops, including a detour at a college fraternity party where they meet two alcoholic fraternity members (Bill Hader and Andy Samberg). At the party, the group meets the Fruit Bowl Boys (Kel Mitchell and Affion Crockett), who later become the group’s biggest competition and are from the mostly white suburbs of Sweet Tea, Florida (although they resemble the Sweet Tea Mobsters). On their long, winding road trip, the Sweet Tea Mob gets lost in New Orleans and are confronted by a gangster (Snoop Dogg) who makes them visit his boss Trap Jesus (Lil Wayne). Upon meeting Trap Jesus, the group loses hope, thinking it is the end, but instead he inspires them to compete and gives them one of his many Lamborghinis to use to get to Atlanta. However, they crash the Lamborghini when Big Uzi becomes enraged after hearing the Fruit Bowl Boys rapping about his jail experience. The group gives up except Virgil, who believes that winning the contest is their destiny. The rest of the group still doesn't believe him until they are given a ride in an airplane by the "Flying Malcolms."

Meanwhile, the Freaknik character is elected the "ghost mayor of Atlanta" and dubs the city "Freaknation." Soon after, President Barack Obama hands the presidency over to the ghost of Freaknik, a move that greatly angers the Oprah-like leader of the Boule, which wants to see Freaknik destroyed. She devises a plan to send a giant robotic monster called the "Perminator" (a robotic version of Al Sharpton, rebuilt from Sharpton's corpse after he got hit by lightning while blowing out his hair) to Atlanta to destroy Freaknik. Meanwhile, at the party, the Fruit Bowl Boys begin singing "Shank Ya in The Shower." The Sweet Tea Mobsters arrive at Atlanta at the same time as the Perminator begins its attack; it kills the Fruit Bowl Boys almost immediately. He seems to have Freaknik down for the count, but mass love from the crowd empowers Freaknik, giving him the ability to grow to a monstrous size. Using the love of his fans, Freaknik is able to destroy the Perminator.

After the fight, Freaknik declares the Sweet Tea Mobsters the winners of the contest, but Virgil refuses the prize and tears the check in half. He tells Freaknik that he doesn't need it as long as Freaknik comes back every year, but before he can finish speaking, a dog-shaped spaced craft called the "Mothership Connection" arrives. It is inhabited by three brightly colored aliens (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Michael "Clip" Payne). They say they have come to take Freaknik because "there are other galaxies that need his powers of positivity", saying that maybe someday he will return and they can "funk it up" once again. Freaknik gives Virgil his gold chain and says that Atlanta will always be his home. A woman (who resembles and looks like Suzie) approaches Freaknik, telling him her baby (which looks like Freaknik) needs a father. Freaknik then rushes on board the ship. The radio DJ from the beginning of the show then speaks, saying how crazy that was and they'll see us next time; Freaknik is seen dancing on the Mothership as it leaves Earth. And during the end credits, we see Sweet Tea taping the check back together.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Freaknik: The Musical originally came evolved from a failed pilot entitled That Crook'd 'Sipp which was created by Jacob Escobedo, Nick Weidenfeld, Levell "David Banner" Crump and Mike Weiss. The pilot premiered on television on May 13, 2007.[1][2] The pilot was to originally receive 6 additional episodes scheduled to air sometime after 2007, but the episodes never surfaced and the show's status remained up in the air until mid-2009 when the series was scrapped for good in order to create Freaknik: The Musical.[3][4]

Reception[edit]

In its original American broadcast on March 7, 2010, Freaknik: The Musical was watched by 797,000 viewers 18-34, making it the second most watched Adult Swim program of that night, behind a rerun of Family Guy.[5]

IGN gave this episode a 6.1 out of 10, which is considered "Passable", and received comments both positive and negative.[6]

Home release[edit]

On March 8, 2010, the animated special was released for purchase on the iTunes Store.[7] The uncut 90-minute long version of Freaknik: The Musical was released on one-disc DVD set in the United States on October 26, 2010,[8][9] and included the soundtrack.

Soundtrack[edit]

It was announced by T-Pain that a soundtrack would be released through Jive Records and Nappy Boy records on April 20, 2010. The track "Ghetto Commandments", the song playing in the credits, was released on iTunes as a single on March 23 and it features rappers Snoop Dogg & Mack Maine who also play in the movie; it was released the same day as the release of T-Pain's promo single for his album "rEVOLVEr" "Reverse Cowgirl". The Rick Ross song "Grab Yo Beltloop" didn't make the final cut for the album.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Freaknik Is Back" (T-Pain AKA Ghost of Freaknik) Tha Bizness 2:26
2. "Save You" (T-Pain AKA Ghost of Freaknik featuring One Chance Jon A. Gordon (The Gordon Brothers), Michael A. Gordon (The Gordon Brothers)) Tha Bizness 3:42
3. "Ghetto Commandments" (T-Pain AKA Ghost of Freaknik featuring Snoop Dogg & Mack Maine) Tha Bizness 4:47
4. "We The Mob" (T-Pain AKA Ghost of Freaknik featuring Young Cash AKA Virgil) Ky Miller 3:02
5. "Beat Build" (T-Pain AKA Ghost of Freaknik featuring Young Cash AKA Virgil & Rick Ross AKA Big Uzi) Tha Bizness 3:31

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Banner Debuts New Cartoon". XXL. May 14, 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Mariel Concepcion (May 11, 2007). "David Banner Premieres 'Crook'd' Cartoon". Billboard. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Chris J. Genius (August 21, 2010). "T.I. To Release Cartoon Series". DrJaysLive. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cartoon Creator Carl Jones On "Freaknik: The Musical" and Season 3 of "The Boondocks"". Complex. May 3, 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Ratings Notes for TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, truTV and Cartoon Network
  6. ^ "Freaknik: The Musical" Review - TV Review at IGN
  7. ^ Freaknik: The Musical at iTunes.
  8. ^ "Freaknik: The Musical". Amazon.com. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "DVD: Freaknik: The Musical". Adult Swim. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 

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