Donald Glover showcases trap music in soundtrack of hit TV comedy-drama Atlanta

Donald Glover, who is writer, director and star of hit TV comedy-drama Atlanta, showcases trap music in the soundtrack

Donald Glover stars as Earn Marks, who is trying to make a living managing the nascent rap career of his cousin.
Donald Glover stars as Earn Marks, who is trying to make a living managing the nascent rap career of his cousin.PHOTO: FX

While Donald Glover was writing, directing and starring in the critically adored Atlanta - his Emmy-and Golden Globe-winning television show - he also had a nice sideline going as Childish Gambino, the rapper behind the triple-platinum hit single Redbone (2016).

But the comedy-drama about Earn Marks (Glover) - a young man trying to make a living managing the nascent rap career of his cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry) - also unites Glover's twin passions of music and film-making, with a bleeding-edge hip-hop soundtrack showcasing the subgenre known as trap, which originated in Atlanta, Georgia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline 'Music the voice of Atlanta'. Subscribe