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A Midtown, c. 1977-78: A punk-rock kid beats his girlfriend to death in the pre-renovation Georgian Terrace and conceals her body in a closet for weeks. When someone pounds on his door to ask him to turn down his music, he assumes it's the cops and leaps out the window to his death.
Midtown, December 1984: Chris Wood, frontman for punk band the Restraints, is convicted of murdering his girlfriend Robin Peskin.
Midtown, September 1995: Former gang member Jai Hassan-Jamal Robles is shot outside the Platinum City Club, during a party for local producer Jermaine Dupri. The shooting followed an altercation between Robles' friend, Death Row Records' Suge Knight, and Sean "Puffy" Combs. Combs' bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones is named as a suspect. The incident is thought to be a catalyst in the feud that claimed the lives of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

B Little Five Points, 1989: Future L5P business owner Eric Levin opens a record store in Daytona Beach, Fla., calling it Secret Service Music and More. Unamused Secret Service agents raid the store and destroy everything with the logo on it -- even insisting he remove the store T-shirt he's wearing. A local newscaster quips, "What's he going to call it now, Criminal Records?" -- and the idea for Levin's new store name was born.
Little Five Points, 1999: South Georgia police find Jay Quinlan, aka Dick Delicious (of Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles), in possession of illegal drugs. After four months in a prison camp, his band plays a triumphant set at 9 Lives Saloon, heralding a new CD and giving new meaning to "release party."

C Country Club of the South, June 1994: TLC's Lisa Lopes burns down the $1.3 million mansion she shares with the Falcons' Andre Rison.

D Gwinnett County, 1999: Matchbox twenty begins recording its second album, Mad Season, with producer Matt Serletic at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta.

E Buckhead, November 2002: Bobby Brown is arrested on Peachtree Road for speeding, driving without a license or proof of insurance, and marijuana possession. Brown soon exercises his prerogative to violate the terms of his bond, skipping town to perform at the American Music Awards.


A "Never Scared," Bone Crusher: Central Station nightclub, Hapeville

B "Akshon (Yeah)," Killer Mike: NFL Yet Center, Summer Hill

C "Ghetto Girls," Lil' Bow Wow: Auburn Avenue parking lot

D "We Ready," Archie: Bankhead Highway Junkyard

E "Let's Get Married," Jagged Edge feat. Jermaine Dupri: Georgian Terrance Hotel

F "I Like Dem," Lil' Jon & Tha Eastside Boyz: Embassy Suites Hotel, Marietta Street

G "Chicken Head," Project Pat: Starlight Drive-In


A Apache Cafe, 64 Third St. A cozy spot tucked away on a Midtown side street, the former Yin Yang Cafe locale still serves the urban bohemian set.

B CJ's Landing, 270 Buckhead Ave. A breezy Caribbean-themed watering hole offering a shady hangout slightly off the beaten path; for the aspiring Elton Johns and Chris Robinsons of tomorrow.

C The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. The front room is a melting pot of Atlanta's music scene -- look in any direction and you'll see members of the city's indie-rock set.

D Fellini's, 923 Ponce de Leon Ave. Pizza-by-the-slice is an affordable default meal for even the most tight-budgeted musician and pitchers of beer that cost less than a good set of guitar strings. Bonus: Owned by longtime local musician Clay Harper.

E The Highlander, 931 Monroe Drive. Favored rallying spot of the black leather crowd. There's also a jukebox packed with local faves.

F Java Monkey, 205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Decatur destination for spoken worders and singer/songwriters on nights off from Eddie's Attic.

G MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. Late, late night hangout for the subterranean set. DJs, poets and a few madmen darken these doors regularly.

H Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road. Blues fans with disposable income flock to Blind Willie's, but blues musicians hang out at this westside dive.

I Soul Vegetarian, 879-A Ralph Abernathy Blvd. A frequent destination for the West End's underground hip-hoppers, and has also attracted the likes of Erykah Badu, India.Arie and Whitney Houston.


A Southwest corner of Lakewood Terrace and Conrad Avenue: The unfinished basement in the former home of producer Rico Wade was the original site of the Dungeon studio.

B Delowe Shopping Center parking lot, corner of Headland Drive and Delowe Drive, East Point: Site where 16-year-olds Andre Benjamin and Antwon Patton (OutKast) auditioned for Rico Wade.

C Benjamin E. Mays High School, 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive: School where Cee-Lo reacquainted with his elementary school buddy, Andre Benjamin. Cee-Lo recalls the era in lyric: "I don't recall, ever graduatin' at all" ("Git Up, Git Out")

D Spaghetti Junction, junction of I-85 and I-285, unincorporated DeKalb County: Inspiration for OutKast song "Spaghetti Junction" -- "Be careful where you roam 'cause you might not make it home"

E Philips Arena, One Philips Drive: Former site of the Omni Arena, immortalized in Goodie Mob's anti-prison song, "Live at the O.M.N.I."

F One Capital City Plaza, 3350 Peachtree Road: Former Buckhead office of LaFace Records, home to OutKast and Goodie Mob.

G Calhoun Avenue, East Point: Street that gave its name to Dungeon Family members Freddie Calhoun, Slimm Calhoun and the group the Calhouns.


A Blue Flame Lounge, 1097 Harwell Road. As name-dropped in: "Whistle While You Twurk," Ying Yang Twins; "I Yi Yi," Ying Yang Twins

B Strokers, 1353 Brockett Road, Clarkston. As name-dropped in: "Welcome to Atlanta," Jermaine Dupri feat. Ludacris

C Tattletale Lounge, 2075 Piedmont Road. As name-dropped in: "Girls, Girls, Girls," Motley Crue

D Clermont Lounge, 789 Ponce de Leon Ave. As name-dropped in: "Mama Was A Dancer at the Clermont Lounge," Redneck GReece

E Foxy Lady Lounge, 1635 Moreland Ave. As name-dropped in: "Whistle While You Twurk," Ying Yang Twins

F Magic City, 241 Forsyth St. As name-dropped in: "Whistle While You Twurk," Ying Yang Twins; "Hootie Hoo," OutKast

G Jazzy T's, 1395 Columbia Drive, Decatur. As name-dropped in: "I Yi Yi," Ying Yang Twins.

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