Lil Baby performed at the LA3C festival in Los Angeles this past weekend. It was the first festival for the LA3C, an organization driven to celebrate the creativity and culture of the city of Los Angeles, and the It’s Only Me rapper was the headliner.
Snoop Dogg and Kyle were the other rappers to hit the festival stage. During the festival, he was asked about where hip-hop was as a genre right now. He responded by giving a big praise to Atlanta, his hometown.
“As far as culture, I feel like I been feeling. Atlanta is like the ruler of the culture as far as Hip Hop…” Lil Baby told Billboard magazine.
Atlanta is Hip-Hop
Lil Baby does have a point here. Atlanta has been home to some of the hottest artists out right now. Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Offset, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Latto, and J.I.D. all hail from Atlanta! Future’s album I NEVER LIKED YOU is up for a Grammy for Best Rap Album this year and is his eighth number one album. Young Thug is up for a Grammy along with Gunna for their song “Pushin P”.
Playboi Carti is known for his live performances, and he has already been tapped by Rolling Loud to be the headliner for their California festival next year. Latto is up and coming as she has snagged a Grammy nominee for Best New Artist. J.I.D. ‘s album The Forever Story is regarded as one of the best albums of this year! And of course, Atlanta is home to many rap legends. T.I., Ludacris, Jeezy, OutKast, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, and Jermaine Dupri are all products of Atlanta. They are all still making music today after all these years!
The South Runs It
Lil Baby might be right about Atlanta being the “ruler of the culture” when you think about all the talent, past and present. The South has been holding hip-hop down for years now, with Atlanta being at the forefront. Memphis has been picking it up lately with all the new and exciting artists coming out of there. And Florida has always had someone to represent. It must be something in the water in the South. Will Atlanta ever lose the crown? If Lil Baby is around, I doubt it.
Written By: Brandon Simmons