Also, again, I wouldn't have bothered seeing the Hawks secure the top seed in the Eastern Conference if he hadn't been part of the deal. Even when he wasn't the focus, I was in awe as I took in the whole scene, with a soundtrack of arena fixture Sir Foster's cheery organ renditions of hip-hop hits like fellow hometown hero Future's "Move That Dope," Kanye West's "Flashing Lights," and Luniz's "I Got 5 On It." Rap was fueling the Hawks, even when a rapper wasn't physically on the court. And when he was, with the Philips Arena crowd cheering him on, 2 Chainz rapped with a stupid grin on his face and put equally stupid grins on a goodly percentage of that mythic "increasingly diverse, millennial fan base," whether they'd shown up specifically to see him or not.


Christina Lee lives in Atlanta and has written for Wondering Sound,, Billboard, and SPIN. Follow her on Twitter.

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