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“The South Got Something to Say”: Preserving Atlanta Hip Hop History

“The South Got Something to Say”: Preserving Atlanta Hip Hop History In-Person

Come celebrate 50 years of hip hop and the launch of the Atlanta Hip Hop Archives at Georgia State University! This event will showcase Atlanta Hip Hop and feature speakers and workshops from the various elements of hip hop. Join us for special guests, trivia, DJing, graffiti, music sampling, a discussion on the artwork “The Atlanta Rap Map,” and more. Bring friends, bring materials to donate to the archives, and come ready to tell your Atlanta hip hop stories. The event will include swag, giveaways, food, and more. The event is open to the public.


About our Keynote Speaker: Grammy Award-winning songwriter and super producer Sean "The Pen" Garrett

Sean Garrett is a movement and a music industry magnate. Given his multiple roles in the industry, there’s a chance that you’ve heard a song penned by Sean, dubbed ‘The Pen’ by client and friend Jay-Z. He’s worked with the top echelon of singers, rappers and producers such as Usher, Mary J Blige, Beyoncé, T.I., Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris, Britney, Fantasia, Fergie, Jermaine Dupri, Pharrell, Nelly, Diddy, Eve, Ciara, Lionel Richie, Swizz Beatz and Gwen Stefani, just to name a few. His style of "crunk+R&B+pop" has cemented his position in music, garnering a record setting 52 #1 Hits on The Billboard Urban Chart, 18 #1 Hits on The Billboard Hot 100 Chart, 5 BMI Awards and 4 coveted Grammy Awards – and landed at the #5 spot on Billboard’s List of Producers with the Most Number One Hits. A stellar track record.



4:00 PM: Registration Opens

4:15 PM: Welcome and Keynote by Grammy Award-winning songwriter and super producer Sean “The Pen” Garrett

5:00 PM: Keynote Q&A

5:15 PM: Refreshments Open

5:30 PM: Session: Atlanta Hip Hop History OR Session: Atlanta Rap Map (discussion with creator)

6:45 PM: Session: The Art of Sampling OR Session: Hip Hop Trivia

8:00 PM Session: DJing Workshop OR Session: Graffiti

All Night:

Tours of Archives – Library South

Library North 2nd floor:

Oral History Interviews

Swag Giveaways

Atlanta Hip Hop Archives video preview

Thursday, November 9, 2023
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Classroom 1, Library North 1
Downtown Campus Library
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Brittany Newberry

Brittany serves as the curator of the music and popular culture collections held in Special Collections & Archives including the Johnny Mercer Collection. In this role, she acquires and preserves materials documenting 20th-century and 21st-century American music and culture, makes them available for research, and provides outreach to university, scholarly, and local communities.