​kanye to executive produce score for new us tv show on slavery

Continuing to tackle serious issues through music, Yeezy will exec produce Underground.

by Francesca Dunn
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08 April 2015, 11:19am

Having honed his exec producer skills across an impressive portfolio of albums including Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 and Rihanna's R8, it has been announced that Kanye will work on the soundtrack for slavery drama, Underground. Covering slavery in the deep south, the 10-part series follows a group in their attempt to escape a Georgia plantation, and ultimately slavery, via the Underground Railroad. Mr West has already explored similar topics in his powerful Yeezus single, New Slaves, on which he discusses modern slavery in America.

It is yet unknown whether Ye will be scoring the show himself or curating the work of his friends a la Lorde for The Hunger Games, a project which he contributed to. The show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV and Tribune Studios and is due to begin filming next week in Louisiana with Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Christopher Meloni and Aldis Hodge, who also plays MC Ren in the forthcoming NWA movie, Straight Outta Compton.

Kanye has long mentioned wanting to work on movies, so this is certainly a step in the right direction. In fact, according to Sony leaks last year, he wants to star in his own feature length film and has plans to create an "immersive cinema experience". Watch Underground and watch this space.