by Darren E. Grem Atlanta's Dirty South and the Southernization of Hip-Hop America In a stark contrast to the days when Sherman's troops occupied this Confederate fort outside Atlanta, the city's rappers now have invaded the rest of the country's hip-hop scene, burning up the charts, unfurling the Dirty South's banner, and spreading its culture across the nation as they southernize Hip-Hop America. Photograph courtesy of the Collections of the Library of Congress. y the summer of , the Atlanta-based rap group OutKast had watched their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, achieve platinum sales of over one million. This feat earned them an award for "Best New Group" from The Source magazine and an invitation to attend the hip-hop publication's second annual awards show in New York City. Goodie Mob, another Atlanta group, joined them on the trip up north. As Big Gipp, a member of Goodie Mob, remembered, their reception from the New York audience was less than favorable: "When Big Boi and Dre [of OutKast] got out there at those Source Awards, everybody was like, `boooo, boooo, boooo.' I remember it was just OutKast and the four Goodie Mob members and I was like, man. . . .
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
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