Welcome to Atlanta where the playas play
And we ride on them things like every day
Big beats, hit streets, see gangsta's roamin'
And parties dont stop til' eight in the mornin'
Ah yes, Atlanta. The capital of the South, the some may say the capital of Black America. Home of some of the best rappers of this generation. Also home to some of the most controversial rappers around. The area, brought us crunk and snap music, for the better or worse. It is the home of Soulja Boy, which most of us will agree is for the worse. Anyways, let's take a look at the A.
One of the first, and still to this day most popular acts out of Atlanta was the duo Outkast, made up of Andre 3000 and Big Boi. In 1994, their classic album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was released. This recieved the solid 4.5 mic rating from The Source, and was a success. Then in 1998, the highest rated Outkast album, Aquemini was dropped. This got all 5 mics from The Source, and was especially notable becuase of the song Rosa Parks. Ms. Parks sued the two because of the usage of her name in the song. Her case was dismissed, but in 2003 the Supreme Court re-opened. However, Ms. Parks and her lawyer, Johnnie Cochran both passed away, so yeah. Outkast's next album, Stankonia is one of my five favorite albums. This featured some of the most recognizable hip hop songs ever, including Ms. Jackson, B.O.B, and of course, the song I sing every time I step out the shower, So Fresh, So Clean. In the last video, you may notice that Ludacris appears, which gives me the perfect segway to move on.
Ludacris, as some of you have noted, is one my favorite rappers of all time. He is in my opinion, the best ever to come out of Atlanta, and after Scarface, the second best to come out of the South. He has more Top 40, 25, and Top 10 hits than any other rapper, proving his commercial success. Luda's career got started in 2000 when the aforementioned Scarface, then president of Def Jam South, signed Ludacris, and Luda got started selling Incognegro. Cris got notice for his comical flow, and gained some following with this album, and his next, Word of Mouf. But Luda hit it big in 2003 with Chicken-N-Beer, and more importantly, Stand Up. This song earned Ludacris a Grammy award, and was his best selling single. Other notable Ludacris songs include Blow It Out, Diamond In The Back (my personal favorite), Hoes In My Room featuring Snoop Dogg, Virgo feturing Nas (You know I had to figure out how to include Mr. Escobar), and Grew Up A Screw Up.
Other notables from Atlanta are T.I., Young Jeezy, Yung Joc, Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri, but I gotta run and can't say much about them. However, I will leave you some songs...
A.S.A.P. by T.I.
Put On by Young Jeezy
Snap Ya Fingas by Lil Jon
It's Goin Down by Yung Joc
and of course, Welcome To Atlanta by J.D. and Ludacris. Have a ball.