Welcome to Atlanta

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"Welcome to Atlanta"
Single by Jermaine Dupri & Ludacris
from the album Instructions and Word of Mouf
Released May 14, 2002
Format 12" single
Recorded 2001
Genre Hip hop, southern hip hop
Length 3:16
Label So So Def, Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam South
Writer(s) C. Bridges
J. Dupri
K. Parker
Producer(s) Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri singles chronology
"Ballin' Out of Control"
(2002)
"Welcome to Atlanta"
(2002)
"Welcome to Atlanta (Remix)"
(2002)
Ludacris singles chronology
"B R Right"
(2002)
"Welcome to Atlanta"
(2002)
"Move Bitch"
(2002)

"Welcome to Atlanta" is the second single from Jermaine Dupri's album Instructions and also appeared as a hidden track on Ludacris' second album, Word of Mouf as the last track on the album right after "Block Lockdown". The music video shows a tour bus being taken around Atlanta by the duo while they rap over it, with appearances by Lil Jon, Lil Bow Wow, Da Brat, Young Buck, T.I., Monica, Blaque, Usher, Brandi Williams, Evander Holyfield, Vernon Forrest, Dominique Wilkins and Big Tigger. It was directed by Marc Klasfeld. It samples Five Minutes Of Funk by Whodini & contains a dominant sample of Do it baby by The Miracles.

Coast 2 Coast Remix and music video[edit]

The official remix, "Welcome To Atlanta (Coast 2 Coast Remix)", features Murphy Lee, Snoop Dogg, Diddy and Ludacris on the intro and outro. Murphy Lee would collaborate with Dupri again in 2003 on "What Da Hook Gon Be?".

Scene 1: Atlanta[edit]

Filming Locations:

  • 2277 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 [1]
  • 241 Forsyth St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 [2]

It starts with Jermaine Dupri coming out from the Dunk N Dine diner mixed with flashing pictures from the highway leading to Atlanta. He is seen wearing T-shirt a drawn face of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, which is an obvious tribute to her (deceased in April the same year). He is joined by fellow Atlantans including Lil Jon and Jazze Pha in the parking lot of the Magic City strip club. In the lyrics and some seconds-long camera shots he refers to hometown places Fuel, Kaya, Velvet Room, Club 112, Strokers club, Ritz club, Shark Bar, and Plush Limousine Service.

Scene 2: New York[edit]

Filming Location: 4 Penn Plz New York, NY 10001 [3]

P. Diddy is standing on the top of the Madison Square Garden entrance roof. Cut to scenes of other parts of the city, including Yankee Stadium are seen throughout. It has cameo appearances by Loon, Fabolous, Paul Cain, Maino, Black Rob, Stack Bundles DJ Clue?, Swizz Beatz and Jermaine Dupri. Mention is made about the September 11 attacks during the outro of the New York segment when Diddy boasts "we're still here...and we building four more new towers!"

Scene 3: St. Louis[edit]

Filming Location: 250 Stadium Plz, St. Louis, MO 63102 [4]

The members of St. Lunatics gathered in the Busch Memorial Stadium accompanied by 2002 season's St. Louis Cardinals player Fernando Viña and St. Louis Blues hockey goaltender Fred Brathwaite. Murphy Lee dressed in a Spirits of St. Louis jersey speaks about his loyalty and patriotism expressed throughout his tattoos and jewelry. He is backed up by the St. Lunatics: Nelly, Ali, Kyjuan, Slo'Down and Jermaine Dupri. The St. Lunatics also dance outside of the stadium next to the statue of Stan Musial.

Scene 4: Long Beach[edit]

Filming Location: 1014 E Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach, CA 90806 [5]

Snoop Dogg invites the whole LBC to have a party with him at the same spot where they had one 9 years earlier in the square in front of the World Famous V.I.P. Records store, where Snoop performs his verse mounting the top of the building, like he did during the "What's My Name" video shoot. He also presents his Snoop Deville lowrider car, which was later used in the "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" music video too. Some people of Snoop's entourage show up on the set, including Soopafly and Uncle Junebug.

Other remixes[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 35 [6]
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 15 [6]
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Things to do in New Hampshire - MapQuest Local". Cityguide.aol.com. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Things to do in New Hampshire - MapQuest Local". Cityguide.aol.com. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Madison Square Garden Tours, New York, NY : Reviews and maps - Yahoo! Local". Local.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Busch Stadium, St Louis, MO : Reviews and maps - Yahoo! Local". Local.yahoo.com. 2007-04-23. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  5. ^ "VIP Records, Long Beach, CA : Reviews and maps - Yahoo! Local". Local.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  6. ^ a b "Welcome to Atlanta – Jermaine Dupri". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 

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