While Windy has no problem committing robberies with a gun, Koldo opts for less violent, white-collar crimes like skimming money from ATMs and identity theft.
Having lost custody of his son due to his dark past, Kordo wants to legally devote himself to music.
“She represents so many people,” Augustine said. “Marika wants love. She wants intimacy. She wants a family. It allows me to humanize her on a deeper level.”
However, Windy said that in order to stay authentic on the streets of Chicago, he must beef with his rivals and steal things.
“The basics of what a lot of rappers rap is about what they’ve been doing, what they’re still doing, and what makes them gangsters,” Brenea said. “It’s threatening her that Marika is trying to escape from there. What are you going to rap?”
“Kold + Windy” coincidentally started airing at the start of Young Thug’s trial. In the trial, the big Atlanta rap star and others were accused by the government of multiple gang-related charges.
“It shows how rap culture can get you stuck and in trouble,” says Brenea. “It’s crazy how they match.”
Prosecutors also cited Young Thug’s lyrics as evidence, a controversial tactic that’s repeated on “Kold + Windy.”
“We blame ourselves with music,” Brennair said. Windy just says, “Oh, it’s just music.” But it’s not just music. ”
Windy has a growing rivalry with another female rapper in town, both on social media and singing. Called drill music, their style superficially resembles Atlanta trap music, but with an emphasis on violence rather than drugs and a much more aggressive tone.
“I knew what Drill Beat was, but I didn’t know the culture behind it coming into this series,” said Augustine. “I don’t think you heard the lyrics.”
Brenea said of the show, “I could understand what they were saying, what makes a drill drill, how raw it was. They represent the street, their home block.” This is very distinctive.”
The actresses said they worked hard to acquire the right accent and learn to rap in the right way.
Augustine watched “The Chi” on Showtime as well as many Chicago YouTubers. “I just wanted to hear how they were talking, even if it was about their cats and dogs,” she said.
“I’ve been in Atlanta for a long time and we call it Shorty,” Brennair said. “In Chicago, they say short tea.
Because this show takes place on basic cable, the writers were limited as to the curse words they could use, but those limitations may seem arbitrary.
“We could only say the word ‘s’ twice per episode,” says Brenea. “We couldn’t say the ‘f’ word. But I could say the word “b” as many times as I wanted. ”
where to see
“Kold+Windy” is being broadcast on WE-TV every Thursday at 10:00, and is also being distributed on the ALLBLK video distribution service.