Untrapped: The Lil Baby Story review

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Summary

Untrapped: The Lil Baby Story is a stylized and meaningful profile of one of today’s iconic voices in the music industry.

The Amazon original documentary Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby was released on August 26, 2022.

Streaming services have served up a buffet of documentaries charting the rise (and sometimes fall) of great musicians over the past decade. Many, however, didn’t get that treatment as quickly and as quickly as Lil Baby’s rise.

The R&B artist and songwriter has taken the country by storm since his album’s permanence on the Billboard charts in 2018. Even since the pandemic hit, My turn was one of the most popular albums in America. From his first mixtape, perfect timing, to his first platinum album harder than everhis Southern-infused rap style holds your attention and captures your imagination.

Lil Baby also exposed a nation of critics who are overrepresented today, those with old, white, Northeastern attitudes. The kind who wouldn’t know a good track unless it was thrown at her while strapped to a free pair of promotional Beats headphones.

Dominique Amani Jones, aka Lil Baby, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, then raised in the Oakland neighborhood. His rise to fame was never an auspicious road to the top. Raised by a single parent from the age of two, he dropped out of high school in the ninth grade to deal drugs and was incarcerated for two years. What was ridiculous then and even more so now is that it was to sell marijuana.

What more telling evidence of socio-economic disparity in this country than a white man able to sell weed with a state license, but a black man will be incarcerated for it? Why? Because they won’t be able to qualify for that license for selling weed a few years ago. (Look at Freddy Bathwate The grass is greener for a better appreciation of the subject).

Directed by Karam Gill (Supervillain: The Creation of Tekashi 6ix9ine) who is a talent that finds pop culture figures and looks at them through the lens of social justice issues, here Gill sees the popularity of Lil Baby and the attitudes of pre-Covid and Black Lives Matter music criticism. He would also absorb personal attacks on this style derived from the culture and community in which he grew up. Gill also considers the racial disparity in the Atlanta area and how the megastar handles his fame by giving justice issues a voice.

East Untrapped: The Lil Baby Story a flaky piece? Sure, but most celebrity documentaries these days are. However, as entertainment, it also considers the ascendant claim of not just fame but respect. (Another good example of this is the movie J-Lo, half time on Netflix). Lil Baby’s greatest hits tell his story. It gives loyal followers, and even lukewarm fans, a mindset of where he comes from as a songwriter. This is stylized and meaningful profiling for Lil Baby fans, yet broad enough to appeal to a mass audience.

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