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Kurt Vile, A$AP Rocky, lend their voices to new HBO show

New York City is the Greatest City in The World (don't @ me). Despite being unlivable due to atmospheric rents, which limit Manhattan's affordable housing solely to Chinese businessmen, Russian oligarchs, and Arab oil sheiks, there still has to be some reason why The City is romanticized in such a way. It's why Sex and the City, Girls, and Broad City all call NYC their home. Can you imagine Carrie Bradshaw asking rhetorical dating questions to herself in Chicago? Absolutely not.

"The lake effect snow didn't just blanket Michigan Ave. with snow- it blanketed me too, with a deep insecurity. Will I ever find a man who loves me as much as I love shoes?"

Doesn't have the same ring to it.

However, there have been a set of characters whose lives are so interwoven with the fabric and vibrancy of New York, though they're often overlooked. From the the pampered pups strutting down the Upper East Side's Museum Mile, to the morbidly obese Subway rats, to the pigeons that poop on you at the most inconvenient of times, to the cat illegally living with an aspiring writer fresh out of a Midwestern liberal arts school, in a cramped but "authentic" apartment who is "really working on her personal brand via Twitter." Russian oligarchs come and go, Pizza Rat is forever.

HBO apparently noticed this and their creating an animated show about the animals of New York City. Maybe they recognized the success of Bojack Horseman and realized, yes this is what the elusive Millennials want, they want shows from their childhood with talking animated animals, except now make them #relatable and personify them hell yeah bed bugs checking out a centerfold! Every 20-something will think that's HILARIOUS.

Anyway, Kurt Vile, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and a bunch of other people you would maybe expect a bit more to be on a show like this, are all lending their voices to the show that HBO creatively titled, Animals.

Check out the trailer below. The show is set to debut on Feb. 5.


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