Jermaine Dupri Picks The 10 Albums That Define Atlanta

His favorite LPs are from Lil Jon, Outkast ... and Jermaine Dupri.

Atlanta Week without Jermaine Dupri just couldn’t happen. That’s like having the NCAA Tournament without the North Carolina Tar Heels. [artist id="450135"]JD[/artist] has practically become a human institution. Just think about it: He was multiplatinum in 1992 and almost 20 years later, his M.O. hasn’t changed. He’s still working on albums that exceed 1 million in record sales.

For most of the past two decades, when JD hasn’t had one of his productions on the radio killing the airwaves with spins, it’s because he was in the studio working on at least five different hits, with [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist], [artist id="976"]Mariah Carey[/artist], [artist id="1090"]Janet Jackson[/artist], [artist id="469"]Da Brat[/artist], the [artist id="13432"]Notorious B.I.G.[/artist], [artist id="1219435"]Bow Wow[/artist], even [artist id="1235987"]Chingy[/artist]. Dupri has always been able to make smashes with people from all regions and still rep his city big time with local talent like Jagged Edge, Usher and Xscape. JD has seen it all, and he’s still standing. His love of music is vast and unwavering. Here, the veteran Grammy winner lists 10 albums that define Atlanta, in alphabetical order.

1. Confessions by [artist id="1270"]Usher[/artist]
“The best R&B album of this decade, which did wonders for the city musically. It set us apart once again to show the world that ATL is the new Motown.”

2. CrazySexyCool by [artist id="825"]TLC[/artist]
“It continued to keep the ATL in the forefront of urban pop music and is the biggest-selling urban female-group album.”

3. Crunk Juice by [artist id="961130"]Lil Jon[/artist]
“This was the stamp to let the n—as know crunk was real and not a fad. It turned Lil Jon into a rock star and made R&B artists want to make crunk records like Usher’s ‘Yeah!’ Which leads into my next album … ”

4. Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album by Lil Jon
“This was the beginning of everything that’s going on now. The word ‘crunk’ came to life and created a true underground ATL movement.”

5. Life in 1472 by Jermaine Dupri
“This was the beginning of ATL swagger; the true introduction of Jay-Z to the South and the most classic hip-hop record created ‘Money Ain’t a Thang.’ ”

6. Soul Food by the [artist id="22258"]Goodie Mob[/artist]
“This album shows the real diversity of the city and a glimpse into what ATL sounds like now.”

7. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik by [artist id="776"]Outkast[/artist]
Southernplayalistic was the first classic rap album to come from ATL and the eye-opener for other cities that our time was coming.”

8. Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below by Outkast
“The biggest rap album from the city and the biggest rap group left in hip-hop. Another huge statement that got us over that ‘ATL is in a slowdown’ hump. No!”

9. Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 by [artist id="1243444"]Young Jeezy[/artist]
“Not the first look at ATL street rap, but the most successful and the one that opened the door for what dominates ATL now.”

10. Totally Krossed Out by [artist id="2490486"]Kriss Kross[/artist]
“This was the biggest rap album from the city until Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below.