What do the top musicians, directors and athletes of the past couple years all have in common? Their birthplace. Atlanta, GA has birthed some of the music and television industry’s biggest names. In the past year we’ve all been privy to Donald Glover’s rise to stardom starting with his hit comedy series aptly named “Atlanta” in which Glover pays homage to his hometown and the setting of the show. “Atlanta” follows a young up-and-coming rapper, PaperBoi, and his cousin Earn (played by Glover) as they strive to achieve success, fame, and wealth. Authenticity was extremely important to Glover who felt he needed to remain true to the spirit of the city. In an interview with DailyBeast.com Glover says “(I wanted to) shoot Atlanta for Atlanta…The thing that I’m most proud of with this show is that we got away with being honest.”
The shows slow, relaxed pace echoes the vibe of the city it’s named after, and the show features many Atlanta landmarks. Glover’s show was so well received that he won two Golden Globe awards, one for Best Television Series (musical or comical) and another for Best Actor in a Television Series (musical or comical).
Glover also recently received recognition for his album “Awaken My Love!” which debuted at number two on Billboard Music’s Hip Hop/ R&B album chart. During Glover’s acceptance speech for his Grammy wins, he gave props to a group of Atlanta natives who are also making waves in in the music industry, the Migos.
The Migos have been well known throughout the black community for years, but achieved crossover appeal with their infectious hit “Bad and Boujee,” which Glover called “the best song ever” on the Grammy stage. Weeks later, Migos released their second studio album, the critically-acclaimed “Culture,” which now sits atop the Billboard 200.
In the past year, Atlanta has produced hitmakers in both the music and television industry, and remarkably even a Super Bowl team – even if they finished as runner-ups. I personally cannot wait to see what else the city will bring consumers, music enthusiasts and sports fans during the rest of this year.