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The top 10 biggest Atlanta hip-hop moments in 2010

T.I. with Mary J. Blige at AXE concert series, had a difficult 2010
T.I. with Mary J. Blige at AXE concert series, had a difficult 2010
Jamie McCarthy

The year 2010 has come to a close. Some made it great, while others had it rough. Sure, you've seen lots of lists, but I'd be totally remiss if I didn't give you just one more. So before you break out the bubbly to get it poppin' for 2011, check this out.

10. Soulja Boy and Kat Stacks’ (possibly) coked-up, post-coital tomfoolery. In a short video clip, Kat points to a white powder on the dresser in a hotel room at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, unbeknownst to a showering Soulja Boy. The clip raised questions the about young rapper’s drug habits and showed one more reason, among many, why that groupie Kat needs to get nipped in the bud.

9. Waka Flocka Flame arrested, robbed, shot, arrested again. Oh, let’s do it. On second thought, let’s not. All in all, we’re glad he recovered from his injuries and is a free man. This summer, the unfortunately named rapper finally dropped the Tupac-esque, blasphemously titled debut, Flockaveli. Now he needs to go somewhere and make at least one song demonstrative of at least an ounce of lyrical merit. Yeah, do that.

8. Big Boi’s new album and ambitious art moves. General Patton led his loyal troops to victory in 2010. He not only dropped the extra-funky, Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty, but ventured deeper into fine art creative territory, through the Art of Life auction and Hinterland with dance company, gloATL – all without leaving his hometown. Suffice it to say, Big was doing it big for his city.

7. Gucci Mane’s madness. The man born Radric Davis went up against the state and the county. He was even locked up and later released earlier this month after police raided Waka Flocka Flames’ home.

6. Keri Hilson’s explicit video. Miss Keri baby, what were you thinking? Her single, “The Way You Love Me” featuring Rick Ross, shows the pretty girl rocker gyrating in a leather bikini, with lyrics that would make a rapper blush. Well, shut the front door. That is, of course, after you’ve given it a good lickin.’

5. A3C was a major success. For lyrical, local and national MCs who need a platform outside of the mainstream, the A3C is it. This was the first year that all activities from the 3-day fest were held under the same roof at Masquerade. Performers included, Jean Grae with 9th Wonder, MURS, Kids in the Hall along with respected locals like Señor Kaos and luminaries like Camp Lo.

4. Janelle Monáe descends from the heavens. Well, not quite, but her ethereally awesome album, The ArchAndroid was easily the most stellar, yet slept upon album of the year. The protégée of both Big Boi and Diddy shows us that she’s headed for supernova territory.

3. B.o.B. blows up and meets the President. The Grand Hustle/Atlantic signee went big with a series of top-notch mixtapes, performances and the success of his first single, “Nothin’ on You” from the debut album, Adventures of Bobby Ray. He got so hot that the Commander-in-Chief asked him to perform at the White House in late September.

2. Cee-Lo goes viral. The soul machine who powered the likes of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley, made 2010 his year. The Motown-styled “F*ck You” is a fun ditty that caught on and stuck quicker than hot grits on that other soul crooner named Mr. Green. His album, The Lady Killer is killing ‘em not so softly with industrial-strength vocals and sexy melodies.

1. T.I.’s trials and tribulations. The Rubberband Man is forced once again to show his elasticity by bouncing back from another tough situation. He emerged from prison this year as a king uncaged, but soon realized that he’d get no mercy for a drug possession charge in L.A. with wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. Days before his sentencing, he made headlines by performing a suicide intervention by talking to a young man who threatened to jump from a high-rise in Midtown Atlanta. T.I. is currently serving an 11-month sentence in an Arkansas prison.

Does this cover it? Can you think of some other major moments in Atlanta hip-hop? Drop your comments below.

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