[Photo Gallery] A Look Back at Atlanta Rap Celebrities

DJ Drama, Rocko, 2 Chainz, Future, DJ Scream Hot 1079 by MsRivercity

MsRivercity here taking you on a walk down memory lane with some of your favorite Atlanta rap celebrities. For those that don’t know, I was an editor at OZONE Magazine and handled viral promotions for DJ Scream’s mixtapes. I got to be a fly on the wall during the making of some pretty epic moments. Praise God for the opportunities. The pandemic has given me time to go through the archives and now I present to you some of my most treasured moments caught on camera:

2 Chainz Ludacris Playaz Circle
Playaz Circle and Ludacris (Yes, that’s Tity Boi and Dolla)

Crime Mob Diamond Princess  MsRivercity
Crime Mob circa 2006. “Knuck If You Buck” was still the crunkest song in the club (still is really). Look at young Diamond & Princess!

DJ Scream 2006 MsRivercity
DJ Scream circa 2006. I met DJ Scream when he was touring with Crime Mob. Scream never left the house without those white sunglasses. Heavy in the Streets!

Rocko Future DJ Esco Magic Video Shoot MsRivercity
Rocko, Future, DJ Esco and Friends at Magic City. This was a breakthrough moment for Future. The next day this party was all over the internet. (Check my throwback “Dirty Sprite” interview with Future at the end of this article.)

DJ Drama, Rocko, 2 Chainz, Future, DJ Scream Hot 1079 by MsRivercity
Hot 107.9 Hoodrich Radio show with guests Rocko, Future, 2 Chainz, DJ Drama. Shouts out to DJ Sense. DJ Scream had let go of the sunglasses by this time.

Gorilla Zoe Zaytoven Listening Party by MsRivercity
Zaytoven and Gorilla Zoe at Penthouse Studios ATL. I believe this was a private listening party for “King Kong” circa 2011

Gucci Mane Zaytoven photo by MsRivercity
Gucci Mane and Zaytoven in the studio circa 2009. Everything Zay and Gucci made together was pure trap perfection. History.

OJ da Juiceman Atlanta photo by MsRivercity
OJ da Juiceman on the Eastside circa 2010. OJ’s first magazine article was with OZONE Magazine and I was blessed to do the cover interview. You can watch a snippet of some old footage from DBS Sounds down below.


Waka Flocka video shoot photo by MsRivercity
Waka Flocka circa 2009. Waka’s “O Let’s Do It” was the hottest song in the open mic clubs on the Northside of Atlanta. We introduced him to DJ Scream and Scream cleaned up the song for the radio. Once it premiered on Hoodrich Radio it became a nationwide hit. Waka was signed to Brick Squad at the time, but he pushed everything himself and made the come up through a true independent grind.

TI and Tiny photo by MsRivrcity
T.I. and Tiny circa 2008. The pink Polo era.

Young Jeezy The Recession Album Signing photo by MsRivercity
Young Jeezy at “The Recession” album signing in 2008. (Ironically suitable for a re-post at this time.) The line to the record store was out the door and I had to fight my way to the front for this photo. One time, I snuck in the back door at a concert with Jeezy’s crew and pretended to be part of the entourage. I still have no idea how I got away with that one, but a hustling photographer will find a way to be in the right place at the right time.

That about does it for this round of photos. I’ll have more coming soon. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @MsRivercity and enter the contest to win the OJ cd. It’s packaged and ready to go. I’ll announce the winner on Throwback Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 12pm.

Check the videos below and subscribe on Youtube.

Future – “Dirty Sprite” Interview

OJ da Juiceman Interview. Look at Ms. Deb!

Waka Flocka “Oh Let’s Do It” at Club Crucial. I was terrible with the camera shake back then, but I made it work. Look at Baby Jade cooling in the background!

By MsRivercity

MsRivercity (@MsRivercity) is an internationally-published rap journalist / photographer and record promoter. She has spearheaded media campaigns for some of the biggest names in rap music including 2Chainz, Future, Lil Baby, Migos, and many more.

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