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It has been a transformational year in Atlanta, with its hip-hop scene suffering from a series of crises. Last month, Takeoff, of the influential trio Migos, was killed in Houston. In May, Young Thug and Gunna were arrested as part of a sweeping RICO investigation.
These are some of the city’s biggest stylistic and artistic innovators, and their absence has left a hole in Atlanta’s chain of artistic continuity. Lil Baby remains the city’s biggest star, but all around him, there is instability.
On this week’s Popcast, a conversation about the disruptive year in Atlanta’s rap circles, the speed with which the city’s sound evolves, and the artists hovering in the wings and waiting for the spotlight.