This weekend Atlanta is the Hip-Hop hub of activity as it plays host to the BET Hip-Hop Awards; and on Wednesday the city celebrated some music industry legends with an ASCAP honor.
The 2nd annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul and Hennessy Black awards brought together hip hop’s elite artists and honorees Clifford “T.I” Harris, Michael Mauldin, Kendall Minter, Noontime Music and Perri “Pebbles” Reid.
The night also featured performances by actress/singer Demetria McKinney, The Teddy White Band and DJ Baby Yu.
Jermaine Dupri attended the festivities to support his friends along with local Atlanta celebs Da Brat, Jazze Pha, DeVyne Stephens, Dondria, Derek J, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, and council members Kwanza Hall and Cesar Mitchell, to name a few.
This is also T.I.’s birthday weekend and he celebrated by having a bash on Thursday night at Vanquish night club in Atlanta as well.
The ASCAP Atlanta Legends Mixer is an annual event to honor individuals who, through their work in music – either as artists or those more often behind-the-scenes – helped build, change and inspire the Atlanta Music Scene.
We all know T.I. Harris to be a Grammy Award-winning rapper, film and music producer, actor, and author. And his hard work and perseverance was applauded Wednesday night.
Michael Mauldin has been instrumental in the establishment, design and consistent development of the “Urban Lifestyle.” Kendal Minter has played a key role not only in entertainment, but in history with clients that include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lena Horne, Roy Ayers, and Musiq Soulchild. Noontime Music pioneered the success of the Atlanta entertainment scene allowing upcoming talent to pursue their careers in a legendary area. Established by partners Ryan Glover, Chris Hicks, and Henry “Noonie” Lee Jr. (Ryan’s son is Kile Glover, who he fathered with Tameka Raymond. Kile died after a recent Jet-skiing accident).
Perri “Pebbles” Reid is remembered for her series of chart-topping hits that include songs like “Girlfriend,” “Mercedes Boy,” “Always,” “Love Makes Things Happen” and a host of others yielded her sales totaling more than six million records worldwide.
Kia Morgan Smith is the Editor in Chief of Tastemaker Magazine.View all KiaMSmith posts.