Jermaine Dupri, the Grammy Winning Producer and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Member, has been working hard on behalf of the City of Atlanta to make sure the City and it’s Citizens are represented well for Super Bowl LIII. He has been tasked by the Super Bowl Host Committee to create several family friendly shows, over 6 days, in Centennial Olympic Park leading up to Super Bowl LIII, Sunday, February 3, 2019.
The week will include performances from Atlanta artists across different genres, including country, rock, EDM, pop, R&B and hip hop. But Dupri’s first announcement only pertained to outlining the lineups for hip hop which is two of the six events. Artists performing on other dates will be revealed later. The first round of musical acts for the Centennial Olympic Park shows includes iconic names like Goodie Mob, Kilo Ali and the Ying Yang Twins.
“The music scene for me goes deeper than the ‘90s, it goes deeper than 2000, it goes deeper than the ‘80s, actually,” he said. Dupri, an Atlanta Icon who has worked with artists ranging from Mariah Carey to Aretha Franklin to Usher to Ludacris, recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his So So Def record label during the opening event at the transformed State Farm Arena.
DJ Smurf’s show will feature a lot of dancing and throwbacks to Atlanta’s Freaknik and Crunk music eras, he said, with performers such Tag Team, MC Shy D, Ying Yang Twins, Kilo Ali and KP & Envyi. He thinks people may be surprised to learn some of these artists are from this market, pointing to Tag Team’s 1993 hit, “Whoomp There It Is.”
On Monday, Jan. 28, DJ Holiday will run the stage with YFN Lucci, Waka Flocka, K Camp, Trinidad James, Swag Surf Boys, Coca Vango, Light Skin Keisha, Derez Deshon and Goodie Mob.
KD Bowe, an on-air personality for Atlanta’s Radio One and in-game host for the Atlanta Falcons, will be the host for all nights of the concert series.
The Atlanta-focused lineup should help appease those upset by the rumored-but-unconfirmed halftime performer, Maroon 5. Many felt the chosen act should be more representative of Atlanta and its hip hop culture and history.
Now don’t be confused. There are other concerts and activities going on at the same time, such as the Bud Light Concert featuring Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Ludacris, Aerosmith and many more. Additionally, Shaquille O’Neil has created his own concert 2 days before the game called “Shaq’s Fun House” featuring Migos, Lil Jon and T-Pain at the Battery.