Chozen’s story is one of a heartwarming young man making his way in a time of strife and turmoil; his rise to the top breaks the chains of convention and is an example of how the human spirit can conquer anything. Naaah! Chozen is a white gangsta rapper who gets out of jail and tries to get his hip hop group back together. Chozen also has an arch rival named Phantasm who was responsible for framing our hero and getting him locked up. Phantasm actually used to be in Chozen’s band but decided he was being held back back Chozen, Ricky and Crisco (the hype man and record spinner); now Phantasm is the biggest thing in hip hop and his smug visage is everywhere. Chozen decides it’s his main mission in life to put Phantasm in his place and show the world who the real gansta is! Oh, and did I mention Chozen is very, very gay?
Now, before we get too upset, I have absolutely zero problems with homosexuals and am in favor of equal rights for everyone. That being said, Chozen decided to make this the central focus of most of the jokes. I would say that most of these jokes actually hit, but the in your face nature of them (mixed with the fact that this is literally all the time) is a bit much to get used to. Chozen himself is also very ghetto in his demeanor and clothing style. I personally hate this sort of style out of white guys (sorry, but it’s true) and I was very put off for the first few episodes. However, once I put my personal feelings aside I started enjoying the actual comedic value of a huge, white gay rapper.
Not eveyone is going to “get” this show. Some will find it crazy offensive and tasteless. Others will not only like it, but love the outside the box (phrasing) comedy that Chozen embraces so emphatically. I do like some of the characters at least…other than Chozen that is (we’ll get to him in a bit). The aforementioned Phantasm (voiced to douchey perfection by Method Man) is only in a handful of episodes but generally steals the show whenever he is on screen. Danny McBride himself lends his white trashy pipes to probably my favorite tertiary characters in his portrayal of Jimmy who is the most consistently funny person on the show; dealing drugs, being a homeless roadie and sleazy photographer is all in a day’s work for ol’ Jimmy. Jamal, Chozen’s former cell mate and lover, is a giant black man that gets out of jail and causes problems for Chozen and the gang. His role is not super important but he does have a couple of good moments. And that is one of my biggest problems with this show: consistency. There are one or two moments in each show that are truly funny but it is interspersed with just awful writing , hokey dialogue and terrible stories.
Lastly, there’s Chozen who is both my favorite and least favorite character at the same time. His grating, irritating voice and thug demeanor are almost unbearable to listen to. On the flip side, Chozen is the source of 99% of the actual comedy in this show. Some of his quips hit so hard that I had to pause the TV so I could hear the rest of the lines. Then again, some of the lines Chozen delivers just makes me feel dumber and gross. I will say this about Chozen, though: dude can lay down those sweet tracks! My favorite part of each and every episode are the rap songs where Chozen is living out some fantasy. Whether it’s a Matrix style scene, Clash of the Titans (complete with metallic owl that is part bong) or even a candy store filled with mostly naked dudes in bear masks it never gets stale. The lyrics are also top notch on these songs; the final showdown between Chozen and Phantasm in a rap battle is pretty legit with some great lyrics. Too bad the entire show couldn’t be that clever and original…
Chozen‘s inaugural season was a ten episode run that followed the ultra-popular series Archer on Fx. This should have secured a huge built in audience with an idea that was very similar in art style and feel of the show preceding it. This, however, was not the case; Chozen ended the season with pretty low numbers and Fx has not announced if the show will continue on to season two or not. This is troubling since Archer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League have all been renewed for at least two more seasons apiece. If I had to throw a guess out there, I would say that Chozen has rapped at his last concert. I would say that this is sad, but I essentially got everything out of this story as I could. Even though I wanted to see Chozen take down Phantasm and make his way into the hip hop game, I don’t know how much I would like to see Chozen on top (phrasing). The season had a satisfying ending to the first year and if it ends there, there wouldn’t be any unanswered questions that would irritate the few fans it did garner. I like to think that Chozen does get to the top and rides (heehee) off into the sunset! In the meantime, look for the entire series on Netflix and Bluray combo pack soon. Cheers!