I admit it; I'm not a huge fan of rap music. So I wasn't expecting to like the animated rap comedy "Chozen" (9:30 p.m. Jan. 13, FX; 1.5 stars out of 4) What's surprising is how much more I like the musical segments than the rest of it.
When the gay white "rappist" of the title openly boasts about his sexuality with the same bravado as any straight rapper would about his, the only slightly amusing "Chozen" finally gets real, yo.
The show, from former "Eastbound & Down" writer's assistant Grant Dekernion and produced by the "Eastbound" (David Gordon Green, Danny McBride) and "Archer" teams (Adam Reed, Matt Thompson), is so bloated with lame prison sex jokes and "I like penises" gags that it loses sight of any worthwhile social commentary about the rap world or, say, busting fear-bating, anti-gay stereotypes in general.
Chozen (voiced by Bobby Moynihan) is sent to prison after being hilariously set up by Phantasm (Method Man), a jealous member of his former rap group called Phresh Phriends that also included Crisco (Hannibal Buress) and Ricky (Michael Peña). After going from sexual assault victim to attacker in prison, a newly butch Chozen is freed and reunites with his pals. Together they and their new manager, a drug-taking, dirty ol' cameraman (Danny McBride), begin their quest to take down Phanstasm. And a rap feud is born.
"Chozen" will get more compelling once it focuses on that feud over loutish buffoonery and references to prison sex—which aren't that funny even the first five times they're made. For now, though, it simply mines the gay rapper premise for cheap laughs.
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