Back in 2001, Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri’s collaborative single “Welcome to Atlanta” was everywhere. The chart-topping single even sprouted a remix bringing Snoop, Murphy Lee and Diddy into the fold to rep their hometowns. Fast forward to the present and Luda and JD reunite to recreate the classic to support the opening of the Atlanta Falcons season.
The 2018 “Welcome to Atlanta” will be blaring from the Mercedes Benz stadium as the Dirty Birds will look to win a Super Bowl this season. Jermaine Dupri reflected with the team about the history of the song, stating it was created to evoke pride in his hometown.
“We’ve always been a city that people tried to count out of being a city,” Dupri said. “I remember when I first started making music, there use to be these T-shirts that you could get at certain places that would say ‘London, Tokyo, Chicago and New York’ or something like that. That’s what they used to say on the front, they would never say ‘ATL.’ They would never say Atlanta.”
Ludacris is hopeful that this year’s team led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones can get the job done and trusts in the “brotherhood” theme that is tagged on the season. He also shares a sense of pride in being able to contribute to the efforts this year.
“To be able to do a Falcons version of our hit song ‘Welcome to Atlanta’ is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Ludacris said.
Take a listen to the Falcons edition of “Welcome to Atlanta” below. The Atlanta Falcons will kick off their 2018 NFL season tonight (Sept 6) when they visit the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles on their home turf in Philly.
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