GA’s Most Wanted – Rd. 1, Rappers Take Aim at the Crown
It’s been a long journey since OutKast and the Dungeon Family first struggled to put the South and their home state of Georgia on the hip-hop map back in the early 90s, when NYC and L.A. were the dominant forces in rap. Fast-forward some 15 years later and it’s undeniable that Atlanta, GA is hip-hop’s newest capital city. Regarded as the main source for the genre’s most popular music and culture, the landscape provides fans with the latest sounds, slang and dance steps.
In recognition of this shift, XXL will be breaking down the state’s major figures in a weeklong series dubbed, GA’s Most Wanted. Today, we set things off with the voices on the mic. With a slew of the game’s hottest rappers all claiming the same soil as their home; it’s hard to determine who currently wears the crown. With that said, it’s time to list the candidates. Let’s get it! —Jesse Gissen
Since bursting on to the scene a decade ago, fans have watched the Mouf of the South go from throwin’ ’bows to cleanin’ up his act in order to share screen time with Sandra Bullock and Vince Vaughn, among others. Yet, despite his newfound home in Hollywood, the A-town rep—by way of Chicago—returned to his roots with his latest album, Battle of the Sexes, and delivered two of this year’s biggest club bangers, “How Low” and “My Chick Bad,” reminding fans he can still get dirty. With his new single, “Sex Room” climbing up Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Chris Lova Lova is showing fans he’s still got more love to give. Question is how much will they reciprocate, and is that enough to earn him the title of GA’s Most Wanted?
After spending 10 months in federal lockup on gun charges, as well as three additional months in a halfway house, T.I. was finally released last March. The Bankhead native quickly returned to work, and dropped his first track, the aptly titled “I’m Back,” to warn competitors of his arrival. Tip followed that up with his DJ Drama-hosted street disc, Fuck A Mixtape, as well as several guest appearances on big records like his Grand Hustle protégé B.o.B.’s “Bet I Bust,” Jamie Foxx’s “Winners” and Diddy’s “Hello, Good Morning.” With plans to drop his highly anticipated comeback album King Uncaged around the same time as his upcoming movie Takers hits theaters, T.I.P. is set to have a hot summer. But the verdict is still out on how high the mercury will actually rise.