Atlanta Hip-Hop Newsletter #1

Every Monday, we send a hand-curated email with the latest Atlanta hip-hop news to our subscribers. This is what we delivered to ATLRap insiders inboxes last Monday (Aug 17, 2014). Subscribe here. It’s free!

Trinidad James was dropped by Def Jam. James made the announcement via a tweet. Not too long ago James was one of the hottest new names in hip-hip as his single “All Gold Everything” was #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. (Billboard)

Young Jeezy says his new single “Seen It All” made Jay Z shed a tear. (Hypetrak)

Young Thug made his first television appearance. T.I. brought Young Thug to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon for a live performance of their collaboration “About The Money“. It got rave reviews. (Noisey)

T.I. is making the press rounds promoting his single “No Mediocre” and forthcoming album Paperwork: The Motion Picture. After his Jimmy Fallon interview and performance, T.I. was on Hot 97 for Ebro In The Morning. Watch the full interview here.

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Snoop Dogg: “Atlanta Is Running Hip-Hop Right Now”

Snoop Dogg Atlanta

Atlanta wasn’t always the capital of hip-hop, but it most definitely is now. Ask Uncle Snoop.
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ILoveMakonnen Gets Drake On “Tuesday” Remix (Makonnen Reacts!)

ILoveMakonnen Tuesday Drake Remix

Is ILoveMakonnen the next music star to come out of Atlanta? Drake seems to think so; the superstar rapper-slash-singer jumped on the remix to ILoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday”. The original song, titled “Goin Up On A Tuesday”, is produced by Atlanta producers Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin and appears on ILoveMakonnen’s I Love Makonnen EP. Described by Stereogum as a regional hit, “Tuesday” is far from well known. Drake doing a remix will change all of that. Continue Reading →

10 Young Thug Songs That Explain The ATL Rapper’s Crazy Buzz

Young Thug Songs

Listen to these 10 Young Thug songs to hear why there is so much buzz about this ATL rapper.

During his recent interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Atlanta’s T.I. referred to Young Thug as “one of the hottest cats in the rap game right now”.

While the Internet debates whether or not Young Thug is gay, the Atlanta rapper continues to create songs that resonate with hip-hop fans across the globe.

If you’re not familiar with Young Thug’s catalogue, we’ve put together a collection of 10 Young Thug songs that will help get you caught up.

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Rocko “Poet” EP Mixtape Review

Atlanta Rapper Rocko

Rocko is one of the most compelling characters in the hip-hop game. If you follow Rocko on Instagram, you know the Atlanta artist wears many hats. Rocko is a successful record label executive, ambitious entrepreneur, loving father, and poet. Wait, did we just say Poet?

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10 Ludacris Songs That Will Never Stop Being Awesome


Ludacris is an Atlanta rap legend, but it seems like some hip-hop fans forgot. In recent years Ludacris — real name Chris Bridges — has been spending more time acting, hosting, and promoting his Soul headphones line.

Here at ATLRap, we celebrate Atlanta rappers. And what worries us is that younger rap fans don’t realize the depth of Ludacris’ catalogue. Luda has hits for days. There’s no doubt that younger rap fans are familiar with Ludacris’ more recent hits like “How Low” and “One More Drink”, but we want to focus on the Ludacris songs that have stood the test of time.

So here’s what we did: Our team of rap tastemakers and curators got together and compiled 7 Ludacris songs that we think are still awesome. We made a conscious effort to NOT includes songs where Ludacris is the featured guest; that might be a separate post in the future. For now, though, sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of the Atlanta artist we know as Ludacris.
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Gucci Mane In Jail: “I’m Releasing 5 New Albums In 2014”

T.I.’s Fight With Floyd Mayweather Was Good For Business

TI Floyd Mayweather Fight

T.I.’s Fight with Flloyd Mayweather Boosts Album Sales?

It’s been 71 weeks since T.I.’s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head album was released, but sales are up 6% this week. To date, the Atlanta rapper’s Trouble Man album has sold 524,623 copies. T.I.‘s fight with Floyd Mayweather — which has been one of the most talked-about news stories this week — looks like it was good for business. Check back this time next week to see if the increased (negative) publicity has positive results on T.I.’s album sales.

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2 Chainz Verbally Assaults Funkmaster Flex During NYC Performance

2 Chainz Funkmaster Flex Diss

2 Chainz took time out of his New York City performance to diss Hot 97 DJ and On-Air Personality Funkmaster Flex

This is ridiculously short-sighted on 2 Chainz’ part. First of all, no one saw Funkmaster Flex say 2 Chainz freestyle was wack. It’s not like Flex was on Sportscenter. He was on ESPN 2. Second of all, dissing influencial deejays is one of the dumbest moves a rapper can make. You would think 2 Chainz would know better considering he’s a veteran of the rap business, but hey, nothing surprises me these days.

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