DID YOU KNOW THAT …

  • Paperboi’s hit song “Paperboi” is performed in real life by Donald Glover’s brother, Steve G. Lover.
  • Donald Glover and his brother Steve write all of Paperboi’s raps.
  • According to Donald Glover, the show is “Curb Your Enthusiasm with rappers.”
  • Donald Glover pitched the show as “if David Lynch or the Coen brothers made a show about hip-hop culture.”
  • The secret glowing lemon pepper sauce scene paid tribute to the glowing suitcase in Pulp Fiction (1994).
  • In “Atlanta: Juneteenth (2016),” the album art for Donald Glover’s (Donald Glover) third album, ‘Awaken, My Love,’ can be seen on the shelf in Craig’s office.
  • Season 2 of Atlanta did not air until 2018 due to Donald Glover’s commitment to Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), in which he plays Lando Calrissian.
  • Hiro Murai, the show’s director, is Donald Glover’s longtime collaborator. Murai has made multiple music videos and short films with Glover, including “Sober,” “Childish Gambino: Telegraph Ave (2014),” “Clapping for the Wrong Reasons (2013),” and “This is America.”
  • Atlanta rap artist Killer Mike texted Lakeith Stanfield after the premiere, “Amazing job on an amazing show.”
  • Donald Glover is credited as a writer, producer, actor, and director. He also co-wrote the show’s hit song “Paperboi” with his brother, Stephen Glover, who performs it.
  • Donald Glover has compared each season to Kanye West’s albums, stating that Season 3 will be equivalent to “Graduation” (West’s third album).
  • Donald Glover and director Hiro Murai’s collaboration “Childish Gambino: Telegraph Ave (2014)” partially covers Lloyd’s “Oakland,” and Lloyd plays on Paperboi’s celebrity basketball team.
  • Paper Boi’s hit song was never played in its entirety once in the first season. Only portions were briefly played and a fan reciting the entire song in front of him in the night club.
  • Brian Tyree Henry was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles in Atlanta (2016), but lost to Henry Winkler from Barry (2018).
  • Donald Glover’s brother Stephen Glover is a co-writer of the show.
  • Zazie Beetz was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role as Van in Atlanta (2016), but lost to Alex Borstein from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017).
  • Donald Glover was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series category for Atlanta: FUBU (2018), but lost to Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Pilot (2017).
  • Hiro Murai was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series category for Atlanta: Teddy Perkins (2018), but lost to Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Pilot (2017).
  • Donald Glover was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category for Atlanta: Alligator Man (2018), but lost to Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Pilot (2017).
  • Stefani Robinson was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category for Atlanta: Barbershop (2018), but lost to Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Pilot (2017).
  • Donald Glover was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks in Atlanta (2016), but lost to Bill Hader from Barry (2018).

Spoilers
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

  • Atlanta rap group Migos play the drug dealers in Atlanta: Go for Broke (2016).
  • In Season 2 Episode 6, Darius has a strange encounter with a person while picking up a piano. The person surprises Darius with a flash photograph. Darius wasn’t into it and says he doesn’t like having his picture taken. Lakeith Stanfield, who plays Darius, is known for his freak out in “Get Out” after a flash interrupts his trance.
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