Firstly, I’m sorry about the late late response. Week 9 should have been called stress week.
But better late than never.
I feel like this is cheating because I’ve written about Outkast on bestsong, and I pretty much said the same thing I’m going to say now. But I absolutely agree with the reddit post about the club scene in ATL. It really is a throwback to the origins of Hip Hop, back to the block party and the streets and bringing the noise to the people.
StreetExecs put a big emphasis on having the tracks hit the club and in-person networking. When you think about it, that’s exactly what happened during Hip Hop’s inception. But it’s also a huge part of the zeitgeist. Think about Twitter, about Youtube and Facebook, about social media and how it’s used for spreading the word nowadays. Networking has grown past the local to the global–to the use of internet media to spread the word.
But I find OP’s assertion that lyricists don’t thrive in Atlanta to be ludicrous (ha, see what I did there?). Outkast had brilliant rhymes and sweet lines. I mean, Speakerboxx/The Love Below is one of the best double albums ever (showcasing each of their individual talents). And this track is going to be timeless, forever ever (forever ever).
It’s really beautiful that Outkast has captured and preserved a part of the zeitgeist, like an LP, or an A-track, or a polaroid picture.