Animated Hip Hop

Amazon will develop both an animated and a live-action children’s series with hip-hop band The Roots and their company Passyunk Productions.

Both programs will be executive-produced by The Roots’ Tarik Trotter and Ahmir Thompson, their manager Shawn Gee for Philly Films, and Brian Sher for Category 5 Entertainment.

The animated series, to feature music from the band, is tentatively titled South Street Sounds. The show will follow “three friends growing up in the most musical of neighborhoods, where the birds tweet to a beat, every shop-keeper, pizza-maker and crossing guard dance perfectly in time, and having a bad day means literally singing the blues.” The three form a band called “South Street,” seeking gigs and dealing with obstacles along the way. Not to worry: Amazon promises that “every episode ends in harmony.”

Trotter said, “Our love for music started as young kids, and we hope to inspire a generation of future artists, musicians and music fans through the stories we tell and the music they hear on these shows.”

Amazon gave no details about the live-action series or when either new show is scheduled to premiere.

The Roots are the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Here The Roots, hip-hop group Migos and Jimmy Fallon perform “Bad and Boujee” using office supplies:

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