ATLANTA — On Friday, what seemed to be impossible was done. More than 50 members of Atlanta’s music community came out to stand together, unified. Literally.
Call it “A Great Day in Atlanta.” T.I., Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, members of Disturbing Tha Peace, the Ying Yang Twins, T-Mo and Kujo Goodie, TLC’s T-Boz, the ladies of Crime Mob, Organized Noize, Killer Mike, Field Mob, Mr. Collipark, Jermaine Dupri, influential music exec Kawan “KP” Prather, DJ Crew the Aphilliates, Bone Crusher, Boys N Da Hood, Young Jeezy and others gathered to recreate the famous 1958 “A Great Day in Harlem” photo by Art Kane.
For the original, Kane assembled close to 60 members of the jazz community in New York’s Harlem neighborhood — including Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Henry “Red” Allen — to pose together. The ATL gathering will be part of the upcoming MTV special “My Block: Atlanta.”
“I can’t believe they actually got all these people together in one spot,” Ludacris said with a smile.
“This is something real big for the city,” boasted Young Jeezy, who was standing next to T.I.
“It’s a positive thing,” legendary producer Rico Wade of Organized Noize said. “It’s a blessing that MTV’s showing Atlanta love. And it’s a blessing that we got the people, we got the talent. It’s so many cats that’s been holding it down — T-Boz is out here, who I’ve known since ’93 — and then you have guys like T.I. and Jeezy out here, a lot of cats that’s keeping it going, too.”
“The A-Town sticks together,” Boyz N Da Hood member Jody Breeze testified. “It’s an honor to be a part of all this. It’s another step for us. It’s another big move for the A to bring us closer together.”
“It’s beautiful,” agreed Jermaine Dupri, who was holding his bulldog Slash on a Louis Vuitton leash. “I think it’s way overdue [for this kind of shoot], but I think it’s great that we as a city did everything we could possibly do to get to this point. I look around and I say you can’t look at this picture, you gonna have to listen to this picture today.”
Throughout the day, you could see the various participants getting reacquainted, pulling each other aside to crack jokes. Even JD’s dog Slash got in the mix: He played with Crime Mob’s Diamond while Bone Crusher and his family ate in the greenroom.
Young Jeezy was the last to arrive and was greeted by T.I. and Killer Mike.
You can see plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and the actual “A Great Day in Atlanta” photo — which was taken by Amanda Marsalis — December 11 at 2 p.m. ET on MTV2.