This past Sunday, T-pain launched a new effort as part of his mission to be labeled as the perfect entertainer. While he’s finishing up his latest album, RevolveR, which is expected to be released this summer, he made the debut of his his hour-long cartoon special, Freaknik: The Musical. A unique concept, T-pain enlists some of today’s hottest rappers to take you on a lyrical journey to get to a spring break tradition that has been dormant for quite some time now.
“Freaknik” was a 2 day concert that once featured the hottest artists in music. For 2 days, people would come from all over to party, vibe and of course “Freak”. After its wild turn out and some misfortune, in 1999 the legendary event came to an end. That is where the cartoon, which aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming Sunday night begins.
Four young adults embark on a journey to resurrect “Freaknik” in Atlanta and enter in a battle of the “Trillist” competition. The winner of this competition would receive a lifetime coupon towards “money, clothes, and hoe’s”. Along the way, these four characters who are voiced by Cee-Lo, Young Cash, DJ Pooh and Rick Ross make a handful of stops including a frat house where they meet there homo-thug counter parts, have an encounter with the cops, lose their map because the driver is a weed man who smokes his own supply (“we don’t need no map, the ganja will get us there,” he says).
Along the way they meet Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Wayne who plays a character names “Trap Jesus”, plus the ghost of Freaknik played by T-Pain (in autotune of course).
There is a legion of people who are against Freaknik who try to stop the event from taking place. Oprah, Al Sharpton, Bill Cosby and Jessie Jackson, all voiced by different stars, are part of this legion.
The cartoon is straight what the title suggests and does have a lot of ethnicity, with a star studded cast of funny people. If you can tolerate The Boondocks and The Pj’s, Freaknik: The Musical will have you laughing until it’s over. Furthermore if Freaknik is a sign of cartoons to come from T-pain, then the creative mind will just keep getting better and better. Still the cartoon doesn’t blow viewers away, but might be a step in the right direction.
Freaknik: The Musical receives a PAR
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