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Treach Speaks On New Show "Southside", Calls It "Mix between Sopranos and The Wire"

(AllHipHop News) New York City in the 80’s will soon return in the upcoming series South Side, written, directed and created by Taheim Bryan.The series, based on true events, centers around the lucrative drug trade in South Side Jamaica, Queens in the 80’s and the Drug Enforcement unit’s attempt at abolishing it.

The cast includes rappers turned thespians Treach and Method Man with the former likening the new series to two of televisions greatest shows of all time in an interview with AllHipHop:

“It’s like the Supreme Team in the 80’s. It’s a series. It’s not just a film or a short. It’s a series they are doing that is called called South Side. Taheim called me up to be one of the top knotch drug dealers in the South side. It’s a mix between Sopranos and The Wire but it’s in 80s and it’s Hip Hop. It’s Kangols, and FILA suits and gazelles.”

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The series’ centerpiece is a drug organization which accumulated over $200,000 in drug sales per day and its subsequent rise and fall. However, Bryan designed the series to provide more than a commentary on the drug trade in the 80’s:

South Side series is special for Queens because South Side Jamaica is a place every city has, but for us we call it home. For years Queens was always looked at as an understatement, while Brooklyn was considered as the voice of NY. Though in all actually Queens is and has always been a house hold name that birthed many influential people from different walks of life, whether entertaining or the underground world. Like Russell Simmons, Run DMC, LL, Nas, Mobb Deep, Juice Crew, Large Professor, Tennis great John Mcenroe, Former 1st lady Nancy Reagan, Donald Trump, Tribe called Quest, the list can go on and on. So stay tuned for the untold story in South Side.”

There is no release date for the series.

Check out scenes from South Side below:

  • MrNoName2K

    Looks and sounds pretty straight to me..

    • Guest

      sopranos & wire? – translation: No New Ideas!

      • MrNoName2K

        good point…damn good point

  • PL

    An 80’s show in the hood and not one flat top or jheri curl? GTFOH

    • No Jheri curls in mid to late 80’s Brah!

      That was West Coast.

      • PL

        What about bamboo ear rings, Airbrushed shirts by Shirt Kings, Troop, MCM…not one crackhead? All I saw was a FILA and Adidas sweatsuit…also did you peep the big face $100 bills in the money counter?

      • LOL~N

        Most definitely need a Troop or 8 Ball jacket!

        You have to take into consideration that these dudes weren’t actually there, so they can’t get it 100%.

    • rob rob

      Gheri Curls was only big in NY from 1980 til like 83/84 at the latest. But many dudes was sportn the S-curl fade and flattops in the mid 80s. But you had to make sure you got your weekly cut. Some of the playground scenes along with the lingo do sound a bit modern for an 80s film.

    • TAHEIM BRYAN

      CHECK THE REAL SITE OUT B4 U MAKE UR JUDGMENTS, ALLHIPHOP PUT THE WRONG ONE UP, ITS ON VLADTV LOOK UNDER EXCLUSIVES, TYPE IN “SOUTH SIDE ORIGINAL SERIES”. U WILL FIND MY INTERVIEW & TRAILER, I BET U WILL COMMENT DIFFERENTLY

      • PL

        After checking the interview and the sneak peek…I’ll definitely be checkin’ for it…I hope it’s as character driven as you say it is…

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  • hoeyuno

    I hope Treach and vinnies beef wasn’t just some promo shit…

    • RMfag

      Oh but it was.

      You wont believe what kind of details men share when they about to bust a nut.

  • hoeyuno

    If that’s supposed to be the 80s they didn’t do a good job with the outfits..I mean the 80s were a fashion nightmare but hip hop had a look that almost defines “hip hop”.. those Adidas suits need to be tighter and I didn’t see one kangol..ijs

    • That was the early 80’s, this is the mid 80’s (Fur Kangol’s), baggy style started coming in to replace the Grand Master Flash type suits.

      I hope the series doesn’t glorify the game though, it should show how the kingpins end up doing life, in solitary, in chemical restraints…while some cornball steals their identity & makes rap records pretending to be them.

      • hoeyuno

        the writer Taheim Bryan just messaged. ahh posted the wrong clip. go to vladtv. good lookin out to t Bryan to…

      • Definitely a better video!

      • brotha_man

        imma check for it now. that vlad tv joint is way better. shm at the youtube video ahh posted

  • Arthur Coronado

    The preview isn’t very impressive. As PL noted, no flat tops or jheri curls and some of the lingo sounds suspect. Plus I noticed a lot of props and scenery that didn’t exist during that time period (that style of playground is pretty modern for instance). It was pretty bold to compare it to the “Sopranos” and especially, “The Wire” (since it sounds like a blatant ripoff). Not all rappers fail at acting (Wil Smith, Queen Latifa, etc), but most suck ass. Building your cast around them is a huge roll of the dice if you hope to produce a legit on-screen product that people will buy into. This rough cut looks and sounds very rough indeed. If it makes it to air I’ll check it out and hope for the best.

  • EL_BARK

    I agree that the props look suspects, them addidas suit look more current because they were re-release. They need to find the official retro joints & the swish pants material. The playground looks new like its 2013
    Paid in full was a classic cause it gave you that 80’s feel. The clothes the dialogues even the old cars on the set, made you feel like the 80’s.
    Look like a knock off of the wire, if you ask me.

  • @RegularJah

    That south side shit gon be Whack….

  • Deebo

    Looks awful

    • Bumpy Johnson

      that one dude who crept up and shot the dude pee’in…com’on dawg lmaoooo, the effects were horrible…..its not bad but its not good

  • Soulgasm

    This ish looks like it should be, or will be airing on TVOne…

  • brotha_man

    I dont see one fat gold chain. i dont see one high top fad. I dont hear phrases like fresh and dope.where the people beat boxing on the corners. looks like a fail to me. this looks more like a cross between balla blockas and paid in full

    nothing will ever touch the wire

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  • rob rob

    People gotta understand that NY went through many looks in the 80s. Gear was tighter in the early 80s with the straight leg Lees, Levis, Jordache, Sergios, Devils, Tailords, Bill Blast, Mock necks(reg & Chinese), Cham shirts, V neck sweaters ect… Then from like 84 thru the mid 90s came the baggy look from AJ jeans (not the 70s sweedish knits), Guess jeans, Calvin Kleins, Army Fatigues, XL tees, oversize hoodies. In Haircuts, from 1980 – 84/85 we went from Lo fros, light & dark Ceasers(w/ the thick parts halfmoon or straight) and Gheri Curls . Then from like 84 on we went to the ceaser fades, to the s-curl fades, which lead to the “Cameo” aka “Flattop” which lead to the slope flattops, Gumbys and then dreads. Dudes didn’t start sportn Baldees til like 92/93. if you wanna talk NY in the 80s i could teack a class. Don’t get me started on the kicks and footware we were rockn!!!

    • Frank

      Keep going homey. You sound like Black Thought in Ghostface “In Tha Park”

    • Yeah, that ‘chet was totally on point!

      I said below, the Jheri curls weren’t in the mid – late 80’s…that was Cali!

    • KingsCountyCrooklyn

      gold fronts late 80s, Todd one.

      • rob rob

        No Doubt Todd… I actually peepd dudes in BK and QU Sportn fronts as early as 82.

  • hoeyuno

    Go to vladtv to see the real clip. ahh fucced it up.

    • MildManneredReporter

      sure they did. basically the same shit. this show while having great ideas is clearly rushed together

  • jay

    LOL at comparing this to the Wire.

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  • TAHEIM BRYAN

    GO TO VLADTV 2 C THE REAL LINK 2 SOUTH SIDE ORIGINAL SERIES, ALLHIPHOP WILL B CHANGING TIS 2 THE CORRECT ONE LATER TIS EVENING, UNTIL THEN GO 2 VLADTV HIT EXCLUSIVES. THEN TYPE N SOUTH SIDE ORIGINAL SERIES, THERE U WILL C MY INTERVIEW & TRAILER, THX

    • The Vlad Jawnt was definitely a better look!

      Congratz & Good luck & tell Treach to work it out with Vinnie!

      • TAHEIM BRYAN

        THX HOMIE

    • illseed

      That was definitely our bad. The new trailer is up and poppin…congrats on the series.

      • Big Upz for taking the time to step up & hook @taheim_bryan:disqus up with the feature & the right video!

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  • TAHEIM BRYAN

    THX 2 ALLHIPHOP 4 NOT ONLY ACKNOWLEDGING TIS SOON 2B HISTORIC PROJECT. BUT 4 SHOWING MY HOMIE TREACH LUV 2WDS HIS SITUATION. REMEM SOUTH SIDE ORIGINAL SERIES BELONGS TO US. NY HAS NOTHING WE CAN CALL OUR OWN OR FEEL GD BOUT @LEAST PERTAINING TO THE INDUSTRY. NY TRI-STATE AREA STAND UP. I WILL NOT LET THE PPL DWN WITH TIS. I GIVE ALL SHOUT OUTS 2 THE WIRE, & THE CORNER. NOW GIVE US THE SAME SALUTE.

  • Bumpy Johnson

    i b tryna find auditions n shit damn.

    • You have FB?

      I got the hook up….The Director of “M-7 Hip Hop’s Unsung Heroes”, Travis Terrell Jacobs, is a good friend. Youtube it & him & ask for assistance, if he says no, mention me, etc.

      Not sure about your area, but as far as Hollywood & NY, he might can help.

      You might want to get in on the M-7 documentary, as a soundtrack feature.

      • Bumpy Johnson

        yea i got facebook i sign in on it to comment here…and iight ima check that hoe out..i beeen tryna get on some shit like this.

      • Aight, I just followed you, ad me & I’ll plug you in!

      • Bumpy Johnson

        igiht just did!…as u can se im directing a film myself since i cudnt star in one

  • KingsCountyCrooklyn

    Hope they had real auditions for the roles and didn’t just bring in the
    first characters that were around looking for work. even for street
    gangsters & pushers you need to have some training in acting to make the audience
    believe whats happening in each scene. as someone mentioned the slang and dialect should be used as well as a good scout for props and furnishings of that time, better not be no LCD tv’s or even cell phones used in those shots. wish them luck and will be checking for it.

    • They had cell phones back then, they were just big as DVD players & cost $4 a min.

  • MildManneredReporter

    shitty camera , horrible acting..and probably on bet. this shit is gonna bomb

  • Deebo

    I’ve got to say I’ve seen better acting on YouPorn and whoever did wardrobe really deserves to be shot. I appreciate the attempt to detail this crucial period of NY street culture but you can’t just do it because you want to do it. You have to have the talent on board throughout the cast, writers, scripting, set designers. It has to have a clear narrative, main characters, suspense, intense dialogue, cinematography. Having viewed the trailer it seems muddled and poorly executed. I’m a huge fan of The Wire, Mad Men, Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad. They delve more into human reactions and emotions than cliched drama. You’ve got to mine out the themes not just the scenes. Appreciate the attempt but the creator needs to read more such as the Greek tragedies or Shakespeare stories cos essentially he is supposed to be telling a human story not a longform music video. Good luck but I hope the series is better thought out than the trailer or the creator’s interview demonstrates.

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