The 90-minute documentary is co-produced, directed and written by entertainment industry heavyweight Andre “Jack Frost” Stephens, who played a major role in the southern Hip-Hop movement and also helped cultivate the careers of Yo Gotti and Kia Shine as well as veteran Hip-Hop journalist Carlton Wade, who’s work is featured in the film.
“This project was a labor of love, but ultimately, it was a story that really needed to be told,” Frost notes.” Wade co-signs by pointing out, “The hardest part was trying to compress almost 50 years of history in two hours. We want to educate and entertain at the same time.”
Memphis-based DJ Jus Borne scored the film and fellow Memphis native and multi-platinum music producer, Drumma Boy, scored and executive produced the accompanying soundtrack. “Without sounding overtly cocky, I feel like I’ve contributed a great deal to the sound and shape of southern music,” the Atlanta resident says. “My work has broken records, dominated national attention, and paved the way for all these new southern producers and rappers coming up in the game now. I am a proud southern child of God from Memphis and support all of our accomplishments wholeheartedly!”
The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South? will be released over a series of dates and will be available via the following formats: