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Donald Glover: ‘Atlanta’ Not Another ‘Empire’

We’ve seen the eye-grabbing, but very mysterious, promotional spots for Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover’s upcoming FX series, Atlanta.

The abstract teasers provide just enough entertainment to build interest and intrigue to the show without telling too much.

Here’s what we know about the synopsis: Atlanta follows Glover as Earnest “Earn” Marks who has failed repeatedly at making it in the music game due to his cousin’s newfound fame as Atlanta’s hottest emcee.

And while it’s easy to get a pretty good handle what Atlanta will be about from the description (a kid trying to make it in the biz), during a Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday, Glover made sure to stress two things about his new show. One, Atlanta will be “very black.”

“I want people to feel scared because that’s what it feel likes to be Black.”

And two, this isn’t another Empire.

“Really cool rappers have approached me, but I want to make sure I’m using them in the right way. I didn’t want people to catch the vibe of, oh, this is like Empire.”

Shade? Nah. With Empire being a popular show centered on the music industry, it’s easy for one to assume that any music-based series would carry a tone and storyline similar to what’s already on air.

The thing about Glover, however, is his freeness and desire to be as abstract as possible – on an effortless level.

“There really isn’t a limit to how abstract you can get. There has to be a grounded nature to something – if you have something that is grounded on some level, you can go anywhere. You just have to have it so they’re abiding by their own rules every step of the way.”

Watch the latest promo below.

Atlanta debuts Sept. 6 on FX.