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How Atlanta hip-hop is evolving

60 Voices: Dr. Regina N. Bradley, Christina Lee, and Brian ‘B High’ Hightower on how hip-hop is evolving

Researcher, author, and professor Dr. Regina N. Bradley, music journalist Christina Lee, and Hot 107.9 on-air personality and professor Brian ‘B High’ Hightower discuss hip-hop's evolution in Atlanta.
T.I. Killer Mike The Dream Atlanta celebrities speaking on protest

If Atlanta’s most famous hip-hop stars want to participate in activism, they’ll have to reckon with their own elite statuses

While it’s certainly possible to both empathize with protesters and feel pained to see the city in chaos, Atlanta's mainstream hip-hop artists also benefit financially from encouraging peace. As entrepreneurs and longtime ambassadors of a city that is a hub for Black businesses, their economic success and the continued growth of Atlanta are indisputably linked. Even if they came from the Black working class and genuinely wish to advocate for them, refusing to acknowledge this reality dilutes their messages.

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