When you think of Atlanta, rappers like Ludacris, T.I., and Young Jeezy are more likely to come to mind than Whodini and DJ Red Alert. In recent years many Hip-Hop pioneers have made the move from New York City, N.Y., to Atlanta, Ga.
There are a numerous amount of factors that are bringing Hip-Hop pioneers to Atlanta. Many artists claimed to have moved to Atlanta to escape the harsh New York environment.
Cost of living is another major factor why old school Hip-Hop artists are leaving the Empire State for a life in the Peach State. The average cost to rent a one-bedroom apartment is 53.33% lower in Atlanta than in New York City, according to numbeo.com.
“I live off of royalty checks now,” said Shan. “The cost of living is a lot lower in Atlanta than in New York City. I have a big house here. In New York I would be lucky to rent a room.”
While some East Coast artists are drawn to the “Home of the Braves” because of its lower cost of living, others like the freedom Atlanta has to offer.
Minister Server, a Spiritual Adviser for the Universal Zulu Nation and the Temple of Hip-Hop from Atlantic City, N.J., described Atlanta as a “Get in where you fit in type of city.” Stating whatever you like, you can find in Atlanta.
Whatever their reason for moving, many Hip-Hop pioneers are now calling Atlanta their home.