GA’s Most Wanted – Rd. 4, Hip-Hop Soul Reigns Supreme

When it comes to music, Georgia doesn’t just make waves in the hip-hop arena but the Southern state also has its fair share of notable vocalists. As XXL continues to highlight the main movers and shakers with our weeklong GA’s Most Wanted series, we shed light on the 10 most notable hip-hop soul artists laying down vocals and tossin’ up hits in the process. —Rondell Conway

If you’re talking Georgia star power in the realm of R&B, the conversation has to start with Usher Raymond. The Grammy Award-winner is a supernova in the ATL’s galaxy of stars. Ush made his debut in 1994 among the original class of musical luminaries—TLC, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, OutKast—that helped put the A on the map. With his silky smooth vocals, suave dance moves, and over 15 million albums sold to date, the R&B crooner stands as the standard bearer for today’s generation of hip-hop/soul acts. His catalog of hits, “Yeah,” “Burn,” “U Got It Bad,” just to name a few, have opened the door for the entertainer to take on roles in Hollywood and hock fragrances in his spare time. Now, with his sixth album, Raymond vs. Raymond, forging two No. 1singles—“Papers” and “OMG”—it’s safe to say that Usher has more than put on for his city.

Few ATL artists made as immediate an impact on music as Ciara did with her 2005 debut Goodies. Crowned the “Princess of Crunk&B,” the Atlanta transplant (by way of Texas) dominated the airwaves with her dance-friendly mixture of crunk music and R&B. Ubiquitous singles like “1, 2 Step,” and “Oh” helped Ci-Ci rack up triple-platinum status on her debut LP. Though Ciara’s career has since come back to Earth following the release of her third album Fantasy Ride, things are set to blast off again thanks to the buzz her 2010 single “Ride,” is generating. The seductive, Ludacris-assisted single is steadily rising up the Billboard charts, and Andre 3000’s recent contribution to the remix is sure to give it a nice boost. And just in case you haven’t noticed Georgia still wants to see Ciara’s goodies.

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  • Orange

    Ersher’s “you got it bad” did it for me.

  • yoprince

    that ciara ride joint got girls morphing from polite martini sippers to straight strippers in the clubs..

    that Usher OMG is a beast at the club too, white and black spots (for lack of better terms). i’m not gonna front.. i fux with it.

    The Dream kinda stumbled with his latest album, but the first two are classic… and yes I know he can’t sing at all.

  • Anonymous

    Trey Songz!

  • KS

    People be sleepin on Lloyd but dude is actually pretty talented.

  • Info by John Doe

    3000 killed dat ride remix fasho

  • Sneaky

    Usher is from Chattanooga, TN … not Atlanta

    • TNBred

      But he moved from here (chatt) when he was a teen to atl. Simple fact is, other than some fam still here, he been ATL for a long time.

  • Harra$$dadon

    I love each and everyone of these artist! Only one problem…..Only half these niggas really from da A! Smdh….I guess it dnt even matter no more . U can wake up tomorrow and say u frm the A. These fools aint even got to live here mo then a month no mo! damn shame.

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