Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta dropped last week, and the new series proves that it’s not going to be easy for the next generation to shine on their own in the music business.
A spin-off of the original Growing Up Hip-Hop, the Atlanta wing of the franchise follows Bow Wow, Reginae Carter formally of the OMG Girlz and the daughter of Lil’ Wayne and Toya Wright. T.I. & Tiny Harris’ daughter, Zonnique Pullins, Jermaine Dupri’s daughter Shaniah, Waka Flocka’s younger brother Brandon Barnes, and Ayana Fite, daughter of the Beastie Boys’ DJ Hurricane are also part of the Atlanta crew. Except for Bow Wow who saw major success in the entertainment industry in the early 2000s, the rest of the Atlanta crew are scrambling for a chance to make a name for themselves outside of the shadow of their family and friends.
Still, despite the fact that his career hasn’t exactly been on the rise in the past decade, the premiere episode of GUHHATL was essentially a montage of Bow Wow’s past accomplishments. You’ll probably be amused to watch him bask in the glory of his own over-inflated ego. After all, the #BowWowChallege did not just manifest out of thin air. As an executive producer on the series, we’re confident Bow Wow had more than a little input on how he’s portrayed.
Despite the foolery, it is interesting to watch the rest of the Atlanta squad deal with the inevitable drama of what it means to be Black millennials with access and some influence. And yet, much of the drama amongst everyone steems from their parents’ actions, including Lil’ Wayne’s absurd Black Lives Matter comments, T.I.’s Instagram response and Brandon’s relationship with his momager Debra Antney aka Ms. Deb.
However, for Bow Wow’s antics alone, GUHHATL is worth the watch.