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Atlanta Music in 2011: Our Favorite Things

Electro's takeover, the threat of Apocalypse, and Killer Mike's humongous balls

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Guilty Pleasure of the Year — When the New York Times' Jon Caramanica wrote about the new VH1 reality show, "T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle," he implied that the infamous rapper-turned-convict-turned-rapper-turned-convict-turned-rapper was a quick-change artist. Guilty as charged. And therein lies the appeal. Watching Atlanta's big bad wolf return home after serving months in an Arkansas federal pen, only to melt into the arms of his newlywed wife and coo at those darling babies of his makes it seem as if we've been missing the better half of Clifford Harris all along. He's not a paranoid tough-guy with Bankhead bluster and a cache of automatic weapons; he's hip-hop's Bill Cosby! Sure, a good script and proper editing can turn anyone's reality into the stuff of fantasy. But it's the same semblance of truth present in his explosive rap persona that makes it so easy to suspend disbelief while watching his domesticated makeover. Move over Ice Cube, there's a new family-friendly gangsta in Hollywood. — RC

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