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Goodie Mob’s debut album might be the best debut in southern rap history and it represents that period in Atlanta’s history just before the cultural and aesthetic shift that defined the city after the 1996 Olympics. If OutKast were your cool cousins you’d hung out with in high school, Goodie Mob was like college “super seniors,” passing blunts while dropping knowledge in university housing.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, native Al Chauncy cant help but to be soulful. With a father handpicked by Duke Ellington to play alongside the jazz great, and a cousin who turned out to be a legendary bluesman, young Al grew up immersed in music and penned his first song to the Maxi-single instrumental of Ice-T’s “Original Gangster,”…

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Music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid was honored at the 3rd Annual Legends Dinner in Atlanta. Each year, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ (ASCAP) Rhythm & Soul division recognizes individuals who have brought great honor to the city of Atlanta through their achievements in music. L.A. Reid has undeniably been a force introducing new…

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Cee Lo apologizes for rape tweets On Sept. 2, “Bright Lights Bigger City” singer Cee Lo Green found himself in the doghouse, after he allegedly tweeted that sex with an unconscious person can’t be classified as rape. Shortly after he sent Twitter into a tizzy, Green reportedly deleted the tweets, but unfortunately for the Grammy…

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CeeLo Green returned to his roots to perform with fellow Goodie Mob member Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo in Atlanta on Friday at Wolf Creek Amphitheater during the first night of Funk Fest. The two-day music fest showcasing classic R&B and hip-hop artists is celebrating its third year in Atlanta. (Photos by Robin Lori for…

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It was a star studded affair as Jay-Z packed the house at Philips Arena Friday night. Bow Wow and Joie, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri and his daughter, Trey Songz and more were snapped hanging out backstage before the show. Opening the show, Jay-Z told the crowd: “I’ve been looking forward to this date since they announced…

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DJ Kwest-on selects five of his current faves that keep the party going. “Bodies” by Ceelo Green <— The handbook “Her Favorite Song” by Mayer Hawthorne <— Food for the soul “The PL” by Typesun <— Sultry soul. “Live Your Life” by Yuna <— Good feel. “Dionne” by Osunlade <— Complete FIRE! For more info…

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On the “A” w/Souleo If the influence of Goodie Mob were to be measured solely by the number of contemporary socially conscious Southern hip-hop artists, one might assume that the veteran group from Atlanta left virtually no mark. At least that’s the case according to group member Big Gipp. “The South gets a rap for…

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