It's hard to believe that "Welcome To Atlanta" dropped 12 years ago. The Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris-helmed single was an iconic salute to a scene that was experiencing a moment of sorts. Not its first and certainly not its last.
The city has recently seen a new wave of rappers getting nationwide attention. It's hard to say where and when it started. Was it kick-started by Gucci Mane, was Future its breakout star? But it's clear that the three acts on this track, introducing "New" Atlanta are very much figureheads of the movement.
Migos, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan display their chemistry (New Atlanta's collaborative apect being one of its greatest strengths), but also what makes each special. Many will still see the rise of these atypical rappers as an omen, but I predict time will shine on this movement the same way it has with the regions great acts of the past.
Diddy doesn't do small. The rapper seems to only have interest in event records, which is a good thing because it's where he excels.
Puff did a great job of showing up every 6 months or so with a gigantic feature verse, and his recent singles have left a similar impression. Meek, who is no stranger to street epics and DJ Khaled singles fits in just fine. Outdoor voices only on this one.
Juicy J has been in this game long enough to know his strengths, and thus you'll rarely catch him slipping. The man is nothing if not consistent.
Juicy not only contributes a verse and hook to the track, but also the instrumental. The knocking beat is classic enough to place a posthumous Pimp C verse over, and modern enough for some of Trap Wiz's best rapping.
Tyga- Real Deal
Tyga may not shut down the internet the way Drake, Wayne, and Nicki do when he drops new music, but he's also more consistent in doing so.
The songs are gradually catching on as well. "Hookah", the rapper's collaboration with breakout Atlanta weirdo (in a good way) Young Thug, has been getting some traction on radio, and "Real Deal" seems like it could end up in a similar spot.
Ne-Yo- Money Can't Buy (Feat. Jeezy)
"Money Can't Buy" is very reminiscent of the pop rap/R&B crossover Rick Ross mastered on his reinvention album, Deeper Than Rap. In fact, it captures a similar vibe to the Ne-Yo-guesting track, "Super High" which appeared on the follow-up, Teflon Don.
Ne-Yo rides out the retro-maximalism of the instrumental with an impossibly cool demeanor, quoting Curtis Mayfield along the way. Jeezy then shows up, suggesting once again that his pop sensibility in surprisingly strong.
A selection of the biggest tracks from May 26th to June 1st
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