Young Dro Calls Atlanta The "Most Hated" City
Young Dro refers to Atlanta as the "Mecca of music," speaks on his relationship with Hustle Gang leader T.I.
As one of the more active cities in Hip Hop, the city of Atlanta has been the home of a number of labels over the past decade. And for Bankhead rapper Young Dro, Atlanta has even gone on to secure the title of one of the most hated cities.
In a recent interview with AllHipHop.com, Young Dro explained how that hate eventually turned into love and created a Mecca of music.
“It also has been the most hated on city too,” Dro said. “So, eventually that hate turns into love. So, being the city that you have to come to now, we’re like the Mecca of music right now…I like the fact that we have pioneered the industry and music game and made our print in the music industry. This is the recording capital.”
Dro may have referred to the city of Atlanta as the Mecca of music, but it was close to 20 years ago when Southern rap duo OutKast were booed at The Source Awards after Andre 3000 proclaimed, “The South got somethin' to say.” The Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors rapper briefly recalled the encounter during an August interview with Montreality.
Shortly after speaking on his relationship with Hustle Gang helmsman T.I., who he referred to as a brother, Dro gave an update on the T.I.-led clique as he commented on their ability to weather the storm.
“One thing about our click, we’re pretty cool with weathering the storm,” said the High Times rapper. “When it comes to weathering the storm and Hustle Gang and coming back, man, we have weathered the storm. We’re still here. We get interviews. People want to know about it. We still on ‘106 & Park.’ We been there like twice this year. You know what I’m saying? We got like six videos on MTV Jams.”
Prior to this month’s release of High Times, it had been over seven years since the release of Young Dro’s last studio album, Best Thang Smokin’. Despite the gap between the release of both LP’s, the Hustle Gang representer says he still managed to keep busy thanks to an overseas tour.
“I was looking through the body of work that I’ve done to see if I’ve felt myself that I’ve been gone," he said. "I came up with 17 CDs with like 17 or better songs on them. So, I can’t say that I’ve been gone. Some of these CDs have taken me to Germany to tour. I’ve still been able to feed my kids, so I can’t say that I’m gone because a gone person can’t do these things that I do.”
In addition to touring in Germany, Young Dro has released a number of mixtapes since the 2006 release of Best Thang Smokin’. This year alone the Grand Hustle rapper released the DJ Drama-hosted Day Two and appeared on Hustle Gang Presents: G.D.O.D. (Get Dough Or Die).
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