Atlanta

By Michael Schmelling

Chronicle Books

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Since the late 1990s, Atlanta has become a dominant center of hip-hophome to mega-selling artists like OutKast, T-Pain, and T.I., and host to an electric mix of superstars, aspiring young rappers, and inspired fans. In Atlanta, photographer Michael Schmelling documents the artists, the fans, and the musical vitality of a city that is always redefining hip-hop. Featuring more than 160 photos, from up-and-coming rappers to club kids to multiplatinum artists, Atlanta also includes essays on the city's hip hop culture by writer Kelefa Sanneh, interviews with key Atlanta figures like Gucci Mane, Andr 3000, Big Boi, Shawty Lo, Ludacris, and The-Dream, and a download mixtape of unreleased tracks.