The ATL has a new name, but not so much a new game, “Motown of the South.” Best known for its sports, strip clubs, crime and Freaknik, Atlanta is being recognized for its hip hop scene. From new hip hop artists to some old favorites, the ATL is steadily making its contribution to the multibillion dollar industry, including clothing, fragrance brands, businesses, recording studios and top of the charts music, Atlanta has finally come full circle.
Popular hangout spots for hip hop artists include Castleberry Hill district, Club Crucial, Justin’s (Diddy’s spot), and the ever popular Lenox Square. Lucacris had a party at a store in the mall and T.I. threw a party at Louis Vuitton.
The South is on and popping.
I was going over some footage of the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash last night and ran across something. My V.I.P. invite must have gotten lost in the mail, (I had to work late at The Boutique anyway) so I had to resort to YouTube. Ludacris performed and brought out some special guests. First Uncle Luke performed his 1984 hits wit some strippers who looked 84. Come on Luke. When they say ‘as nasty as they wanna be’, they wasn’t talkin ‘bout yo strippers! Next Luda did the remix to “My Chick Bad”. In the words of the King, Mr. T.I. himself, Lil’ Scrappy PUHLEEEZE, ‘Come and Get Yo’ Girl’! Diamond came out there looking like an extra on the set of Glee.
Boo, how you gonna have on a leotard four sizes too big? That ain’t cute at all. THEN the baddest b$%#h herself Trina, comes on stage, and you know her outfit was fitting like a glove. If I was Diamond, I would have eased my a$$ right on over there by the speakers, jumped down in the crowd and disappeared for the night. Trust me nobody would have missed her. I don’t like to talk about people, but damn!
Submitted by contributing author Wilona:The Rona Barrett of the Projects
The Queen of M-I-A
Hot 107.9 in Atlanta held its 15th annual Birthday Bash this past weekend (June 19) at the Philips Arena. Celebs came through from all over to show love. Ludacris, Plies, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Pastor Troy, Shawty Lo, and closing out the show was Atlanta’s own, Gucci Mane. The disappointment for the night by far was Ciara’s performance. She has the hottest video out right now, ‘Ride’, featuring Ludacris. The video has been banned from being shown on B.E.T and MTV, so you know it’s on point. Ci Ci’s first single, ‘Goodies’ proved that although she didn’t have the best voice, her dancing could outshine all of that. But she was a fool if she thought she could get by with just sanging. (Even Janet Jackson ain’t that stupid). So, she should have taken full advantage when she got the chance to perform ‘Ride’ at the Birthday Bash. Her performance looked like she and Ludacris met up backstage and said ‘Let’s do this’ and just walked on stage and did whatever. It was awful! Here I am all hyped up, and it looked like rehearsal. Ciara, girl you better quit hanging with yo new BFF’s Kim Kardashian and La La and get yo game together before you fall off again. Hopefully she’s saving it for the B.E.T. Awrds. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think?
Sometimes I wonder what do artists look for when signing with a record label? Is it the labels history, their credibility with their audience, their roster, or simply how much are they getting paid. For example, what would make Shyne sign with Bad Boy (or anyone else for that matter, i.e. Day 26, Danity Kane, Dream, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox, New Edition…..the list goes on and on.) or Bow Wow sign to Cash Money. So when I found out Lil’ Scrappy recently signed to Ludacris’ label DTP, I tried to be optimistic. Lil’ Scrappy, formerly signed to Warner Music Group, complained that Warner was more of a rock and roll type label and that he left because he wasn’t able to find the proper promotion. Scrappy ended up on Warner’s label because he was signed to Lil’ Jon’s BME Recordings. During this time Scrappy developed a strong fan base from his song, ‘Head Bussa’. Lil’ Jon struck up some kind of deal with Warner to take his label there. Luckily, Scrappy was able to leave Warner without any problems. I hope he thought this out. The game misses Scrappy. In the meantime, look out for Lil’ Scrappy’s mix tape ‘The Shape Up’. It features every ones favorite rhyme spitter Gucci Mane.