‘Tales’ is an American drama anthology television series that first premiered on June 27, 2017, on BET (Black Entertainment Television) that is owned by the Bet Networks division of Viacom. The show is created by Irv Gotti and produced by Keith Neil, Ron Robinson, Joy Kecken and Yule Caise. Visionary Ideas is the production company backing the series. The show had a good run with an impressive viewership rating, and so the show was renewed for a second installment. The series is described as a music anthology as the show uses the lyrics of classic and hip-hop songs and fictionalize them into short movies, each helmed by a different set of directors.
‘Tales’ has also garnered a strong following, especially hip hop fans, and those aware of social issues. It has garnered praise from critics for being able to tap into the powerful storytelling capabilities of rap, from which the show borrows its narratives.
Tales Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Tales’ varies in each episode of the season since it is an anthology series and there are no links in between the episodes. Some of the cast members have included Boris Kodjoe, Tami Roman, and Demetrius Shipp Jr. who played the role of Tupac Shakur in ‘All Eyez on Me‘.
In the upcoming season, Rick Ross, the American rapper with songs like ‘Purple Lamborghini’ under his belt, is bringing his acting prowess to the show, having previously made appearances in the remake of ‘Superfly’. Ross will be joined by Bella Thorne of ‘You Get Me’ and ‘The Babysitter’ fame, along with Scarface, Grace Buyers, DeRay Davis, among others.
Tales Plot: What is it about?
‘Tales’ is inspired from old and current hip-hop songs that are weaved into stories. The narratives are visually stunning and tackle a wide range of issues, like ‘Black Lives Matter’, police brutality, socioeconomic oppression that black people face, When the history of hip hop is traced back, it is not difficult to understand why the show bases their narratives on these song titles. Hip hop has always been a counterculture, going against the norm of the society and spitting out all the angst against oppression on the microphone. From the likes of Dr. Dre claiming they still have no love for the police, to N.W.A., the group out of Compton, that put their message across that without a gun and a badge, the oppressive officials were just another person waiting to get shot on the street by people who would not be oppressed any longer. Rap music has often made people aware of the news of black society, with Chuck D of Public Enemy calling rap ‘the black CNN’. ‘Tales’ makes rap the font for stories, not headlines, literally borrowing the plot of the episodes from their lyrics.