Hip-Hop

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We're heading into the last week of January. Maybe you're still on a fresh start for the new year, and keeping up with your resolutions. But are your music playlists still cycling through last year's hits?

If that's the case, then you'll be glad to know that every month, Atlanta's Paste Magazine publishes a list of upcoming record releases to keep you up to date on fresh tunes. 


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This year, Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" spent a record 19 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Now, it holds the title of the longest running number one single in the chart's history.

It's symbolic of the year in music, in a way — an array of new voices and up-and-comers throwing music industry standards out the window. Whether it's Lizzo's love of the flute, or Lil Nas X's combo of country and trap music, the new age of music seems to be twisting, bending and re-imagining the boundaries of popular music.


Dee Dee Hibbler now consults for the Dekalb County film commission after being an instrumental figure in establishing Atlanta as the hip-hop capital of the south. Hibbler is also known as “Peaches” most commonly associated with Outkast and Dungeon Family fame. She joins On Second Thought to talk about her work with some of the most notable names in hip-hop. 


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2019 is a big year for Atlanta hip-hop duo EarthGang. Earlier this year, their label, Dreamville — that's rapper J. Cole's Interscope Records imprint — released a multi-artist album called Revenge of the Dreamers 3. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.

And Friday, they drop their own Dreamville project into the world: the highly anticipated album Mirrorland


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MARTA is considering renaming five train stations in Atlanta. It's an effort to keep up with changes in the city and to reflect surrounding neighborhoods.

One station proposed to be re-christened: Bankhead. The area was named after the highway that ran through it, which was in turn named after an Alabama family. But the Bankhead name is perhaps more closely associated with the torrent of rap and hip hop that grew from Atlanta's Westside and nearby neighborhoods. So, what's in the name "Bankhead"?


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When it comes to hip-hop, Atlanta boasts some big names: CeeLo, T.I., Ludacris, André 3000, Big Boi, Killer Mike, and the list goes on...and on. And there are always new chart toppers coming out of the Southern capital all the time. But that wasn't always the case.


Georgia Playlist: Ruby Velle

Jul 17, 2018
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We added two more songs to our Georgia Playlist from Ruby Velle. She’s the lead singer for the Atlanta retro, soul band Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics. They will be performing at the annual Bragg Jam in Macon July 28. 


Just when it seems Atlanta's done all it can to decimate rap's beloved traditions, someone hops out of bounds again, crosses another line, slaughters a sacred cow.

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Mar 15, 2017

Future has made history: the Atlanta rapper's two albums, released back-to-back over two weeks, have each officially landed at the peak of the Billboard 200 albums chart. With the respective releases of FUTURE on Feb. 17 and HNDRXX on Feb. 24, Future is the first solo act in the 61-year history of the album chart to supplant himself at No. 1 with two successive releases, according to Billboard:

It's been a strange week. Tensions are high. If you haven't yet, you should probably take a break to watch Migos rap a children's book.

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There's a measure before the Atlanta City Council that would impose tougher restrictions on newly built music recording studios.

Supporters say it addresses problems with noise in residential areas. Studio owners are calling it misinformed and harmful to Atlanta's $4 billion music industry and 80 privately-owned studios.