How Atlanta’s urban music elite helped YouTube Music honor L.A. Reid, Babyface

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and L.A. Reid. (Photo credit: Torian Priestly for Steed Media)

Atlanta’s music scene can be divided into two eras: B.L. (before LaFace) and A.L. (after LaFace).

Before L. A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds decided to start their label, LaFace Records, in Atlanta in 1989, the city was mostly ignored in terms of urban music.

Monica (Photo credit: Torian Priestly for Steed Media)

LaFace Records was able to tap into the talent of the Atlanta area by introducing artists such as TLC, OutKast, Usher, T.I., Toni Braxton and Goodie Mob, to name a few. Reid’s and Babyface’s work would change the Atlanta music scene forever.

Big Boi (Photo credit: Torian Priestly for Steed Media)

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, YouTube Music paid homage to the legacies of Reid and Babyface during an event at the Atlanta History Center hosted by comedian Lil Duval and R&B singer Monica.

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A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.





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