*BET Networks is developing a scripted anthology series with industry vet Irv Gotti called “Tales,” which takes lyrics to classic hip hop songs and adapts them into three-act, 60 minute narratives.
Among the first tracks to be used are N.W.A’s “F*ck Tha Police” and Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On the Run.”
A different director, screenwriter and cast will be used for each song, and Gotti will also write and direct some of the episodes.
“This isn’t no reality show s**t and not a video,” said Gotti. “I’m going to tell a story like only I can tell a story and involve the hip-hop culture, which is colorless.
Slated for second or third quarter 2017, “Tales” will be drawn from a mix of established and emerging talents. The series will be presented in a multi-platform cross-collaboration with Tidal in which the global service will stream exclusive director’s cut versions of the episodes following their initial airings on BET.
“Obviously, BET played a lot of videos in its infancy,” says Stephen Hill, president of programming for the network. “Now that storytelling has evolved as we work to bring viewers new exciting content that reflects some of the greatest stories that hip-hop has told in the 20th and 21st centuries.”