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So THIS Is What Happened to Freaknik? The Documentary

Freaknik: The story of the ATL's most popular urban street party

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Freaknik attracted over 250,000 people to Atlanta each year making it the ultimate city wide party in the 90’s.

There are many origin stories but it can be agreed that Freaknik started out in 1983 as a small picnic in the Atlanta University Center. It eventually became an urban legend by its peak. It was usually held the third weekend of April before finals. By 1992, Freaknik turned “Hotlanta” into the place where people from around the world would attend to hear the music of Outkast, UGK, BadBoy and SoSoDef  blasting from vehicles on the street.

In the video below,  Real Reality Gossip Youtube channel takes a look at how the wholesome picnic transformed into a massive, uncontrolled party, with scantily clad women and more.  It led to the city stepping up its efforts to push the majority-black Freaknik attendees out of Atlanta.

By 1994, the city of Atlanta raked in as much as $20 million that gave the city a tremendous boost. The city couldn’t turn a blind eye to the violence that was growing due to the event’s burgeoning attendance. Women were being rapped, large amounts of drugs were being sold, and debauchery caused former Atlanta mayor, Bill Campbell to put an end the event known as Freaknik. As the classic Prince song stated, the Freaknik fans partied until it was literally 1999.

However, for homecoming season 2021, Freaknik made its return despite the quarantine and lockdown mandates due to Covid-19. As you seen with Trina making the big announcement months ago to help promote the comeback of the event. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports this year’s lineup includes Adina Howard, Project Pat, Lil Scrappy, Ray J, Paul Wall, 95 South, DJ Unk, Field Mob, and more. In a statement, the team expressed, “it’s been a VERY TOUGH 12+ months […] Like many of you, we are INCREDIBLY excited with the progress we have made, as a country, against this pandemic, and that the world is opening back up! With this progress, we are EXCITED to Announce that the City of #Atlanta have approved outdoor events and FreakNik 2021 will happen in October of this year!”

Months before the official return of the event, Saweetie decided to pay homage to the urban legend by having her own Freaknik to celebrate her birthday.

 

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