In an earlier era of Mass Appeal, circa 2000, the magazine devoted entire special issues to individual boroughs of NYC, drilling down to discover the unique aspects of graf culture in those specific zones. Taking a page from those playbooks, we rolled deep to Atlanta. Spent our first evening at Stankonia with Organized Noize. Ate Waffle House. Bumped into David Banner on the street. Kicked it with Propane. Visited the offices of Adult Swim and Dr. Curves. You’ll be seeing more of that stuff soon. As for the rest of the trip? #ItNeverHappened. But right now, it’s all about Future.
Director of photography Sally Berman hired no less a lensman than Jonathan Mannion (aka Magic City Mannion) to shoot the cover story. Veteran journalist and frequent A-town vistor Bonsu Thompson went above and beyond with a definitive 4,000-word piece on how a kid named Meathead became the King of Atlanta.
Dr. Dax comes clean about doing dirt in the A.
“I wouldn’t want nobody to go through what I went through. ‘Cause it was hard and you just might not make it. Nobody made it but me. I’m not sitting around like that shit was cool. I thank God every day.”