Roundtable: The Changing Of The Guard In ATL [Pg. 5]


VIBE: Is there space for the previous generation and the new cats?

Donnis: if the changing of guard is gonna involve us pretty soon than, yeah, they change is definitely coming. But it’s coming in a more mainstream way. Because the streets? The streets are not changing in Atlanta. 

DJ Toomp: Sometimes it gets to the point where now it’s like, damn, this is what y’all really want to play? That’s making people like Andre 3000 and a lot of other good talented artists really kind of hold back, like, Whoa let me wait till the smoke clear until it’s really time for me to come out with this quality. It’s been about two or three years and the smoke still hasn’t cleared yet. 

DJ Drama: I’m not calling no artists out and I don’t know who directly [said] that, but that sounds like an excuse to me. They better come on. The game will move on without you. If they really want to rep Atlanta, and that’s how they feel, it ain’t poppin, then make it how it’s supposed to be. Don’t sit and wait for it. 

Strap: I think the new generation is taking over. The young crew been working, so that’s why we shining right now. 

Quez: And the Atlanta scene is so crazy. It’s not just one-sounding music. Take Travis Porter for instance, our sound is you in the club, you finna’ party, but then take CyHi Da Prynce, he’s not really a club [artist], he’s more lyrical than he is club. Then Waka is like the new Lil’ Jon. He crazy! You can do anything to a Waka Flocka song. So, Atlanta is just so different. 

Strap: It’s still in repeat from a long time ago, though. Everything repeats itself through generations. 

Cee-Lo Green: It’s almost as if [B.o.B] fell out of the sky. He’s a talented guy, kind of like a disciple of Dungeon Family. I got a lot of respect, a lot of love for him. We’re proud of him, we feel like he’s representing the city alongside us and doing his best.

Donnis: CyHi is about to kill shit. We’re sitting down playing pieces from each others’ album, and his shit sounds incredible, man. The homie Pill, who is speaking from a straight hood perspective, is real and everything that he says he is. Then you got me. I feel like we’re in good hands. The record labels just gotta to take notice that everybody has a place and position, and if hip-hop is gonna survive, you have to let people tell their story.



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