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Southern women in hip-hop are having a moment

Southern women in hip-hop are having a moment

Today, the genre is seeing a new wave of women rise to the top—and Atlanta is the epicenter. In the last two years, most of the women who have been included on the coveted XXL Freshman list have either been from Atlanta or have called it home at some point, including Latto, Flo Milli, Rubi Rose, and Lakeyah. Even artists who aren’t from the South, such as Nicki Minaj, Saweetie, and Cardi B, are making hits here.

Meet Dina Marto, Atlanta’s latest hip-hop impresario

Dina Marto, who credits her success to “risk, work ethic, relationship building, vision, and seeking out mentorship,” left Def Jam in 2012 to open Twelve Studios and Twelve Productions. Now she’s the mentor.

Hip-hop impresario Rick Ross is moving operations to Atlanta

After city councilman Kwanza Hall presented Dina Marto with a council proclamation lauding her past contributions to the city's music industry, the crowd of eager onlookers parted for the arrival of hip-hop impresario Rick Ross. Imposing in a massive fur-collared peacoat, Ross announced that his label, Maybach Music Group, would be setting up operations in Atlanta at Twelve Studios.

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