Southern Hip Hop - Atlanta


See also: Atlanta hip hop and Music of Atlanta

In 2009, the New York Times called Atlanta "hip-hop's center of gravity", and the city is home to many famous hip-hop, R&B and neo soul musicians. Local multi-platinum artists include OutKast, Ludacris, T.I. Usher, Ciara, B.o.B (rapper in songs Airplanes and Nothin' on You), and Young Jeezy Others include:

  • Andre 3000
  • Audio (B5)
  • Big Boi
  • Bobby Creekwater
  • Bobby V
  • Boyz N Da Hood
  • 2 Chainz
  • Cee Lo Green
  • Cherish
  • Crime Mob
  • D4L
  • Diamond
  • Dolla
  • Drumma Boy
  • Goodie Mob
  • Gorilla Zoe
  • Gucci Mane
  • Janelle MonĂ¡e
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • Keri Hilson
  • Killer Mike
  • Lecrae
  • Lil Jon
  • Lil Scrappy
  • Lloyd
  • Monica
  • Nivea
  • Pastor Troy
  • Pill
  • Soulja Boy
  • Stat Quo
  • Shop Boyz
  • The-Dream
  • Ying Yang Twins
  • Young Dro
  • Yung Joc

In the 1980s and early 1990s Atlanta, Georgia's hip hop scene was characterized by a local variant of Miami's electro-driven bass music, with stars like Kilo Ali, MC Shy-D, Raheem the Dream and DJ Smurf (later Mr. Collipark). MC Shy-D is credited with bringing authentic Bronx-style hip-hop to Atlanta (and Miami), such as 1988's Shake it produced by DJ Toomp; Jones was signed to controversial southern rap label Luke Records, run by Luther Campbell aka "Uncle Luke". Arrested Development won the Grammy in 1992 with Tennessee, while Mr. Wendal & People Everyday and Kris Kross won with their hit song Jump.

By the mid-1990s, the rise of OutKast, Goodie Mob and the production collective Organized Noize, let to the development of the Dirty South style of hip-hop and of Atlanta gaining a reputation for "soul-minded hip-hop eccentrics", contrasting with other regional styles.

From the late 1990s to early 2000s, producer Lil Jon was a driving force behind the party-oriented style known as crunk. Record Producers L.A. Reid and Babyface founded LaFace Records in Atlanta in the late-1980s; the label eventually became the home to multi-platinum selling artists such as Toni Braxton, TLC, Ciara. It is also the home of So So Def Records, a label founded by Jermaine Dupri in the mid-1990s, that signed acts such as Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Xscape and Dem Franchise Boyz. The success of LaFace and SoSo Def led to Atlanta as an established scene for record labels such as LaFace parent company Arista Records to set up satellite offices.

In 2009, the New York Times noted that after 2000, Atlanta, Georgia moved "from the margins to becoming hip-hop's center of gravity, part of a larger shift in hip-hop innovation to the South." Producer Drumma Boy called Atlanta "the melting pot of the South". Producer Fatboi called the Roland TR-808 ("808") synthesizer "central" to Atlanta music's versatility, used for snap, crunk, trap, and pop rap styles. The same article named Drumma Boy, Fatboi, Shawty Redd, Lex Luger and Zaytoven the five "hottest producers driving the city".

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