Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Luda Day Weekend played host to the private screening of the new VH1 documentary, ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game.  The event was held on Sunday evening in downtown Atlanta at the historic Rialto Center for the Arts at GA State and was produced by Corner of the Cave Media.

ATL Rise  is a 90-minute documentary that will, for the first time, explore how Atlanta earned the mantle of hip-hop dominance—and why that title won’t be relinquished any time soon, if ever. The film features rare footage of ATL’s preeminent rappers, hip-hop historians and central players. It also investigates the rich and complex story behind Atlanta’s fascinating ride to the top of the rap game, pioneering a seismic shift in American music.

Interviews include Lil Jon, Ambassador Andrew Young, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Usher, Mojo, Jermaine Dupri, Kilo Ali, MC Shy D, Speech, Dominique Wilkins, Shanti Das, T.I. and Ludacris, who served as executive producer.

The film also coincides with a photo exhibit featuring the ATL Rise  cast and is currently on display in the lobby of the Rialto Center. The amazing photos were taken by acclaimed South African photographer, Sam Norval.

Take a look at a preview below and photos from the premiere. ATL Rise: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game  airs tonight, September 2 at 10 p.m. EST on VH1.

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