It’s a very festive time here at the BE Magazine offices. Celebrating a year as the premiere web-magazine – and starting a movement towards going green in the process – we have always shown our love for our home base of Atlanta, Georgia! And while many of our features have ties to our city, we want to feature those movers and shakers themselves with this piece. Every successful artist or group requires a strong team of leadership and support around them to foster that environment. Trust us, we know!
On Wednesday, October 7th, BE Magazine commemorated Issue XIII with a photo shoot we called the “All-Stars of ATLANTA.” Iconic, eh? The date turned out to be one of the last days of the unofficial summer – warm temps and a beautiful sunset made for a perfect shoot. Add to that the right mix of artists and behind the scenes movers and shakers. We walked away with a very good feeling about what this gathering meant – a return of Atlanta to it’s trailblazing roots – our music and style have been featured prominently in hip-hop music during these last nine years. But it was those grindin hard in the ’90s – The Dungeon Family (Outkast, Goodie Mob), LaFace Records (L.A. Reid, Babyface, TLC, Usher, Toni Braxton), Jermaine Dupri and So So Def (Da Brat, Bow Wow, Xscape), Monica and others – that actually paved the way for today’s successful “ATLiens.” This article features those that are preparing for the return to Atlanta’s renaissance and working to become or inspire the new generation to takeover the genres of music and entertainment.
Young Capone has always shown support for BE, having been present at several of our events. Landing a recording contract with So So Def in 2004, the rapper has been evolving towards bigger and bigger things. In 2008, he established his own company Trotti Entertainment and is poised to takeover the game with his own brand of motivation music. His most recent smash was with R&B crooner Mario, entitled “Choosin.” Look for his album Small Things to a Giant, to drop soon.
Rasheeda, who is a BE Featured artist in this issue, has been a staple of the Atlanta hip hop scene for almost a decade now. A solo artist and group artist with Xscape‘s (and Real Housewives of Atlanta star) Kandi Burrus, Rasheeda is gearing up to let those beyond her city know who the Boss of the South is!
We also want to thank the other ATL All-Stars, including Krave, Omega, Majic Massy, DJ B-EZ, Young Dro, Rich Kidz, and Gucci Mane.
But not just artists themselves are All-Stars. So much work and effort goes into a product’s success. Behind the scenes making moves are publicist Jonathan Clardy, Yamil Little with Grammy University, and Vickie Grant with Tre Media.