Keisha Lance Bottoms on election: ‘I knew the South would have something to say’

Lance Bottoms, Atlanta's mayor, was referring to the night OutKast won Best New Artist at the '95 Source Awards.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reminded her social media followers of a prediction she made on CNN in February of this year. 

In the clip, which shows her being interviewed about the results of the primary election season, Lance Bottoms quoted another famous Atlantan. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks before Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during an Oct. 27 drive-in campaign rally in the parking lot of Cellairis Ampitheatre. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“You know, there’s a great line from Andre 3000,” she noted, “and it’s ‘The South has something to say.’” 

Lance Bottoms was referencing the now-famous appearance of OutKast at the 1995 Source Awards ceremony in New York City, where the group won Best New Artist and were booed by the audience. 

On stage to receive the rap duo’s trophy, Andre 3000 said, “But it’s like this, though. I’m tired of them closed-minded folks; it’s like we gotta demo tape but don’t nobody want to hear it.” 

“But it’s like this: The South got something to say,” he declared. “That’s all I got to say.” 

His line has been largely credited with being a clarion call that kicked off Atlanta’s rap dominance. 

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Lance Bottoms used the iconic phrase in reference to the outstanding count of mail-in ballots in Fulton County, Georgia, which includes Atlanta. The vote count has put former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential challenger, within a razor-thin margin to turn the Republican stronghold state blue. 

Lance Bottoms also pinned a tweet to her Twitter page, where the mayor wrote “Joe Biden is on track to win this election. This fight is not over until every Georgian has made their voice heard and every single vote has been counted. Georgia has thousands of outstanding votes that still need to be counted. County election officials are currently processing the record numbers of absentee and in-person early votes and cure provisional ballots.” 

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“We must let them continue this work until it is done,” she maintained, “and every Georgians’ voice has been heard.” 

Lance Bottoms, a Biden supporter, was, at one point, considered a potential running mate for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket. That role ultimately went to California Sen. Kamala Harris, the first Black woman and South Asian woman to be named a major-party vice-presidential nominee. 

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