Artist Statement

While New York and Los Angeles are often credited with hip-hop royalty, Atlanta has produced some of the most influential, creative, and culture-shifting artists the industry has ever seen.

In 1995, there was a turning point at the Source Awards where Outkast was booed for receiving the award for “Best New Rap Group.” It was during the iconic acceptance speech that followed that Andre 3000 sealed Atlanta’s rise in the hip-hop scene by proclaiming “The South Got Something to Say.”

Honoring the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, this coloring book highlights some of the most impactful Atlanta-based hip-hop artists from the past and present. These 25 artists have shifted the course of hip-hop music, and the city itself.


Artist Bio

Mekhi Baldwin is a visual storyteller and creative director based in Atlanta, Georgia.

He is most passionate about branding, editorial design, and illustration.