For over a decade now, Atlanta culture and its sonic manifestation have been one of pop music's most dominant sources. Outkast, Goodie Mob and the wider Dungeon Family set the pace in the 90s-turn-00s, but a constant flow of anthems in recent years have shifted the genre's nexus down South. Throughout the 10s it has been rap music's most fertile ground: from Migos to Young Thug; iLoveMakonnen to Waka Flocka Flame; Rich Homie Quan to Future; the list goes on and on. You wanna know what's next? Let the ATLiens guide you.
But oftentimes we overlook the genuine architects of this sound. The minds behind the boards that have crafted the bedrock of Southern-fried rap, and the places that have nurtured the genre, deserve more props. PatchWerk Recording Studio is one such domain, the birthplace of countless hits. We'll be spending an evening in these mythical walls and sitting down with some of Atlanta's most talented musical minds for a key beat session that will hopefully give us a glimpse of the recipes behind these magic potions.