The Music:

Jermaine Dupri: I think when it got bigger it was good for the city by the way, beautiful for the city because it became like a [New Orleans] Jazz Festival situation.

Killer Mike: I remember Freaknik in the '90s, you had Erick Sermon living in the city, you had Too $hort, you had Outkast dropping their second album, you had Goodie Mob. The atmosphere for music was electric. LaFace was in Atlanta, the “Whoomp There It Is” movement was in full swing. That shit was off the chain. It was the perfect time to launch black music acts.

Derrick BoazmanI was a little bit more conscious and so I would not have associated myself in something called Freaknik. I was more into the political consciousness. [My] music of that day was Public Enemy: “You got that fight the power, you got to fight the powers that be.”

 

People had incredible sound systems. Every car would stop, people would get out of their cars, and everyone would start dancing and taking their clothes off. 
—Alex Tehrani

 

Alex Tehrani: It was incredible music. It was a time when music was good, and all of the stuff coming out of the South was really good. People had incredible sound systems. You would have people driving at sixty miles an hour on the highway, and someone would hit the brakes, and someone else would follow them, and boom, forty-eight seconds later, every car would stop, every door would open, people would get out of their cars and everyone would start dancing and taking their clothes off.

Adina Howard: That whole place was a scandal. Because nobody cared. We knew what we were going out there for. You had Luke, and Too $hort, and anybody that was talking about sex.

Uncle Luke: My most memorable experience is when we did a big concert in [Piedmont Park]. Everybody was there. Goodie Mob, the whole Dungeon Family, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri. It was a big major concert in the park. That was probably one of my most memorable events.

Kameelah: We were performing on campus near Spelman and Clark and the students couldn’t believe we were there. They thought it was really special and cool of us doing Freaknik. I guess they didn’t look at it as something that artists of our caliber would be doing. It was kind of like, “Oh wow—y’all are cool to be out here kicking it with us like it’s y’all spring break.” That’s how we treated it. This is like a college family affair.

Bun B: UGK filmed a video called “It’s Suppose to Bubble” from my first album, “Too Hard to Swallow.” We actually filmed that in Atlanta at '93 Freaknik. It was really really wild back then! I remember girls used to be naked on top of vans dancing and stuff. The madness and the traffic was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

Alex Tehrani: There were people, like Atlanta dudes in the streets who were just rhyming, because that’s what they were going to do at Freaknik. And there were people who rolled through with really good sound systems who would just set up shop in little intersections or little parks, and crowds would come around and that would turn into a little impromptu dance party. So I did have a great time.

Joe Compton: Naked women, a celebrity buffet, nice cars. I'd attend with a different group of college friends each year. I wanted to attend to get a first-hand look for myself at a myth that I didn't think existed—with a video camera and Polaroid camera in tow.

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