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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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Atlanta's grassroots hip-hop scene caught a healthy spark from the likes of Methuzulah. - CHAD RADFORD
  • Chad RADFORD
  • Atlanta's grassroots hip-hop scene caught a healthy spark from the likes of Methuzulah.

Best Organic Uprising — Without question, 2011 saw Atlanta's grassroots hip-hop scene rise to new heights while putting a modern twist on the progressive, '90s backpacker aesthetic of NYC. Bookended by such sophisticated albums as Clan Destined's Self Titled in January, and Dillon's Dillon Ain't Playin' EP in December, the underground reached cruising altitude, and a legion of MVPs rose to the occasion. Rock Most released Rise & Shine, transcending personal adversity and the clichés of commercial hip-hop. Señor Kaos' The Kaos Effect, J-Live's S.P.T.A., and Boog Brown's The Brown Study Remixes materialized as new school staples from strident voices. And a cast of other characters — Methuzulah, Rozewood, Sa-Roc, Lyric Jones — continued sharpening their skills and priming themselves for another banner year in 2012. — CR

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