Atlanta has been leading the sound of music for the past decade. From Quavo to Lil’ Baby, the city has produced more stars than we can count. Given the success of the city’s music scene, it only made sense for Rhythm + Flow to head there for a set of auditions. Joined by Big Boi and Quavo, T.I. passed out a lot of rejection letters, but he also passed a few on to the next round. After hearing from everyone in the city, here are the power rankings for the Rhythm + Flow Atlanta auditions.
Many of the artists that have performed thus far have not had hooks in their audition songs. Breaking that trend, Londynn B not only had a strong verse, but she had a hook that you can remember when the episode ended. Not to mention, her style and presence jumped off the screen. Through three episodes, Londynn B is the most complete artist we have seen audition so far. She’s not only number one in Atlanta, but she’s also the top artist among the three cities we’ve seen thus far.
When you hear the name, BADDNEWS, you think of a battle rapper. While he does have the attitude of a battle rapper, he displayed a level of song making ability that stretches beyond being a battle rapper. Furthermore, he previewed a piece of a hook that sounded better than most of the hooks other contestants had. Most importantly, he stepped up to the plate and performed when T.I. put him on the spot. Coming up during a time when North Carolina is shining right now, BADDNEWS has the ability to become the next big thing from the Tarheel State. With that being said, he cannot forget his lyrics in week two.
Featured in the episode’s opening minutes, Amavi discussed her relationship with her brother in-depth. During that segment of the show, she mentioned that she is primarily a poet and is new to music. For someone who doesn’t have a deep background in music, she has enormous potential At times, her flow was a bit awkward, but the content was always there. Going forward, she’ll become more comfortable on the beat. It will be interesting to see what range of content she has for her music going forward.
Caleb had punch line after punch line during his audition. What separated him was his beat choice. While many artists in Chicago, Atlanta and New York picked more upbeat or trap inspired beats, he went with a more smooth beat. Given his aggressive style, it was interesting to see how the two complimented each other. Beyond that, he has a very distinct voice that also separates him. With that being said, he will need to play with his tone and voice going forward to show a level of musical diversity if he expects to go all the way.
Some people just have the “it” factor. Troy Man has that and then some. Certainly, he is talented and displayed some promise. However, that’s not what separates him. When he steps on stage, his personality and presence stands out. He presents himself as the person you would want to hang around and be friends with. Likability is a valuable thing to have and he has that. It’s hard to explain, but I have a hard time seeing Troy Man not landing in the final week of the competition.