ATLANTA — The King of the South collaborated with another King Wednesday night in Atlanta.
King magazine was one of the sponsors of a party hosted by T.I. to celebrate the birthday of his manager and business partner, Jason Geter.
The birthday boy was served a cake in the shape of a safe, complete with gray icing. Showgirls walked the venue, the Luckie Lounge, wearing sparkly blue bras and matching peacock headdresses. The NBA playoff game between the Lakers and the Nuggets played on several flat-screen TVs that hung above the crowd, but who could pay attention to Kobe Bryant with T.I. on the mic and Mannie Fresh on the turntables?
"I wouldn't miss this sh-- for the world," Tip told the audience. "What we got for him, Mannie?"
"We got a surprise, you [hear] me?" the jovial producer responded from the DJ booth across the dance floor. Seconds later, singer Keri Hilson walked through the crowd to serenade Geter with "Happy Birthday." She concluded by giving him a hug.
After the performance, Polow Da Don and Rich Boy arrived. Fergie and her heavyweight-champion-size bodyguard were part of their entourage. Polow wore a jacket that read "Thank God for Kobe" on the back — appropriate, seeing as the Nuggets were getting served by Bryant and company at that moment.
Fresh played to the ladies in the crowd with records like Frankie Beverly and Maze's "Before I Let Go" and Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison." After T.I. left, Young Jeezy arrived. Almost on cue, Fresh spun "Love in This Club." Jeezy, dressed down in a white T-shirt and fitted cap, took pictures with fans while standing in front of his table. Chingy stopped by before the night was over.
In the wake of his arrest on weapons charges, T.I. is continuing to divide his time between community service and recording his new album, Paper Trail. Geter is included in King magazine's "Coming Kings" profile piece, which looks at some of the emerging executives and artists in music, fashion and film.