Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Another Great Day In Harlem, er, Atlanta: T.I., Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Ying Yang Twins Assemble For Historic Photo Shoot

MTV News reports:
On Friday, what seemed to be impossible was done. More than 50 members of Atlanta's music community came out to stand together, unified. Literally.

Call it "A Great Day in Atlanta." T.I., Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, members of Disturbing Tha Peace,
the Ying Yang Twins, T-Mo and Kujo Goodie, TLC's T-Boz, the ladies of Crime Mob, Organized Noize, Killer Mike, Field Mob, Mr. Collipark, Jermaine Dupri, influential music exec Kawan "KP" Prather, DJ Crew the Aphilliates, Bone Crusher, Boys N Da Hood, Young Jeezy and others gathered to recreate the famous 1958 "A Great Day in Harlem" photo [ed. note: pictured above and discussed in detail here and here] by Art Kane.

For the original, Kane assembled close to 60 members of the jazz community in New York's Harlem neighborhood — including Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Henry "Red" Allen [ed. note: oh yeah and Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Rollins, and Lester Young; but admittedly not Lil Wayne] — to pose together. The ATL gathering will be part of the upcoming MTV special "My Block: Atlanta."
Even overlooking the absense of Lil Jon and, ohidunno, Outkast, I fear some readers will fail to recognize the cultural high water mark that is the documentation of the Rubberband Man standing arm-in-arm with the man behind the Snowman t-shirt controversy and He Who Keeps Hoes In Different Area Codes. To which I would say, bear in mind that Atlanta is a city rich in culture, where the playas play, and they ride on them things like every day. Big beats, hit streets, gangstas roamin'.... And the parties don't stop til eight in the mornin'. Still not sold? Well prepare to be enlighted, bitches.
"This is something real big for the city," boasted Young Jeezy, who was standing next to T.I.

"It's a positive thing," legendary producer Rico Wade of Organized Noize said. "It's a blessing that MTV's showing Atlanta love. And it's a blessing that we got the people, we got the talent."

"The A-Town sticks together," Boyz N Da Hood member Jody Breeze testified. "It's an honor to be a part of all this. It's another step for us. It's another big move for the A to bring us closer together."

"It's beautiful," agreed Jermaine Dupri, who was holding his bulldog Slash on a Louis Vuitton leash [ed. note: italics mine]. "I think it's way overdue, but I think it's great that we as a city did everything we could possibly do to get to this point. I look around and I say you can't look at this picture, you gonna have to listen to this picture today."
I admit it isn't entirely clear, but I think what Dupri means is that you'll be forced to listen to this picture as it was particularly sunny during the shoot and there's just way too much glare in some playas' grills for you to wanna fuck up your eyes looking at it.

A possible fringe benefit to all this, a spin-off series of copycat photos in other metropolises may enable the St. Lunatics to extend unemployment benefits.

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