Atlanta Falcons Blend Sunday Night Football With 50 Years Of Hip-Hop
Legendary rappers such as T.I., Jeezy, and Jermaine Dupri came out to represent Atlanta's hip-hop scene.
The Atlanta Falcons paid homage to its city’s hip-hop scene, including musical guests to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the music genre at their Nov. 26 home game against the New Orleans Saints.
Atlanta emerged as a hub for Southern rappers to become household names, such as T.I, Jeezy, Killer Mike, and OutKast. Some of these music legends joined the field for a special performance, according to The Atlanta Voice.
The Atlanta-based musicians donned black Falcons jerseys, labelled with the number 50 on the back as a nod to the anniversary.
From TLC To Jermaine Dupri, an influx of home team artists came out to represent their city. As for the halftime show, Dupri was joined by Big Boi, Jeezy, and Quavo to perform some of their hits for the crowd. The “Welcome to Atlanta” rapper started his set with the classic song, while Quavo included singles from his former group Migos, paying homage to his nephew and fallen member Takeoff.
However, the festivities were far from over.
In the special edition game’s extra nod to the city’s impact on hip-hop, Atlanta rapper Ludacris came down from the roof to perform some songs, including his 2001 single “Move B-tch.” Ceelo Green was scheduled to sing the national anthem, with TLC also expected to perform, but both Grammy-winning acts couldn’t to due technical issues. Regardless, their presence and the overall show made it clear that Atlanta is irrefutably linked to hip-hop, and is an indisputable part of its widespread cultural influence.
The special performance not only had the crowd hyped, but the home team. The Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints 24-15 during the once-in-a-lifetime football game that was a spectacle of culture, sports, and hip-hop.