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

If Usher is the king of R&B in Atlanta, Jermaine Dupri the mayor of the city, then call Monica the First Lady. Like Usher, when Atlanta first started to stake its claim as Motown South back in the early 90’s, Monica Denise Arnold was right in the thick of the action. At 15, her 1995 debut album Miss Thang was a multi-platinum success, thanks to hit singles “Don’t Take It Personal” and “Before You Walk Out Of My Life.” Over the years, Monica has drawn comparison to Whitey Houston for her potent pipes and Mary J. Blige for the stirring heartfelt emotions her vocals conjure up. Six albums and 15 years into her Grammy Award-winning career, Monica is still loved and recognized as a matriarch of music in her hometown. Don’t take it personal, young’ns, but y’all got some catching up to do.

While the former Murder Inc. artist was born in New Orleans, Louisiana he spent his formative years in Atlanta, where he grew up with fellow R&B star Ciara. Though his 2004 debut Southside boasted the catchy title track duet with label mate Ashanti, it wasn’t until his sophomore album, Street Love in 2007 that Lloyd became a major player in the ATL’s hip-hop/soul scene. Thanks to the Top 10 single, “You,” featuring Lil Wayne, the album went gold. Blessed with a distinct falsetto, he has matured delivering explicit relationship based lyrics. His contagious chorus on Young Money’s “Bedrock” helped the song become one of the biggest rap singles of 2009. He’s currently trying deliver the same success as the featured artist on new single from G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks, “Any Girl.”

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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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