Here is round 2 of Atlanta Rap Celebrity Photos. This edition highlights moments with Outkast, Killer Mike, Gucci Mane, Shawty Lo, Scotty ATL, Slim Dunkin and more. Follow me on Instagram for more flashback photos: @msrivercity
These rare Outkast photos were taken for Allhiphop at Counterpoint 2014 during the Outkast Reunion Tour. This was my first concert shooting with a DSLR camera. I practiced for weeks in hopes I would get approved to shoot this set.
I believe there were nearly 20,000 people at this festival. I got the approval notice about 15 minutes before showtime and I had 5 mins to haul a** across a throng of fans to make it in time. I was successful, but a few people got elbowed along the way. (You can read the full story here)
This was a career moment and probably the best show of my life so far. BTW, Andre sweated on my camera a little bit.
This was taken at DTLR in Atlanta around 2011. Killer Mike was a big supporter of OZONE Magazine and he visited our office often. It always impressed me how he remembered all the writers and knew our work. We were located across the street from Stankonia Studios. The Stankonia Christmas party was always my favorite event. Big Boi likes to look fresh for photos.
This was young Future writing in the studio around late 2010 / early 2011. He could have been working on the Dirty Sprite mixtape in this photo. Future always impressed me how he would write and record several songs in one night, then go hit 2 or 3 clubs and perform until 5am. His stamina and work ethic were incredible.
Gucci was looking clean & fresh at the 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards red carpet gathering. See below for more Gucci photos:
Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj were seen together a lot around this time. Nicki was great on camera and she always appreciated the press. This was taken backstage at Southern Entertainment Awards. Speaking of, the SEAs takes place May 28-30th, 2021 in Nashville, TN.
This is one of my favorite photos of Shawty Lo. I took this in Miami during the Best of the Best Music Fest. Shouts out to Malik and Julia Beverly for hooking up this event for me, as well as DJ Scream for plugging me in to work several projects with Lo and the D4L artists. Lo was always so positive and upbeat. He always put me in good spirits and I miss him. Rest in peace. I know he’s up there rooting for me in heaven.
Here’s Lil Baby at a private DJ listening party for the Harder than Hard Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama. Shouts out to Drama for hooking me up with some excellent projects to promote and publicize. I also got to be part of 2 Chainz TRU Realigion mixtape with Drama. I never realized how iconic some of these projects would become.
This was Scotty ATL around 2012 during the release of The Jiffy Cornbread Experience. Scotty stopped through the studio for our media launch event with CountryRapTunez and MsRivercity. This is a screenshot of our video interview which you can check out on my Youtube channel (be sure to subscribe). Shouts out to Cory Mo and Spitty Will.
BTW, Scotty’s “Trappin Gold” album is fire. He’ll be discussing it on RudeGirlRadio with DJ Roots Queen and you can read more about the project here.
I saved my boy Slim Dunkin for last since he was always the best at lighting me up. This is a screenshot of Dunk and Sy Ari da Kid at Arrogant Studios on the Northside of Atlanta around the time they had the Bad Boyz duo thing popping. Everything they made together was tough.
I didn’t realize this interview was going to be so historic. We filmed this in the parking lot with my Flip camera (lol). You can watch it here. I don’t believe Dunk got to do much press before he passed away — he was the strong silent type. I’m sure if he were still with us he would have made it to the cover of all the rap magazines. He was that big of a star. I saw it immediately and knew the rest of the world would catch up soon.
Dunk and I put out a lot of his music through the TrapsNTrunks mixtapes. Shouts out to K Dough. Anytime Dunk had a new record he would send it to me first — that’s how I got such a heavy Brick Squad following, plus the exclusive Waka Flocka records.
Dunk was like my little big brother. He was a lot younger but always had that older brother vibe of looking out for me when I was out doing late night club runs by myself. He always said, “Jen, if anyone messes with you let me know and I’ll handle ’em.” His death really affected me. He had so much potential. I’m sure we’ll meet again on the other side. Life is eternal and Dunk will always be a legend.
That wraps it up for this edition of flashback photos. You can sign up for my email list to get alerts on new content here.
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