It’s been over a week since the 8th annual A3C Hip Hop Festival took over ATL. It’s also taken the full week for me to recover.
The day before the festival kicked off, I caught RZA perform while touring the country to promote his new film “The man with the iron fist.”
After picking up my A3C badge for the weekend my first stop was WREK 91.1 (GA Tech Radio) for the weekly Wrekroom radio show. Special guests included Tona (Toronto), DJ Ko Flow (Singapore), Kevin Lester, Teff, Fiona Bloom, Greg Schick (World Hip-Hop), and Wrekroom fam.
After leaving the station I headed over to Terminal West to catch the Big Boi (Outkast) performance. The schedule says Big is supposed to be on stage at 10:30pm but my gut tells me that he’ll be on later. Sometimes it really pays to listen to your gut. I didn’t make it to Terminal West until around 11pm, but I was RIGHT on time as Big Boi was just hitting the stage. He started off by running through Outkast classics before getting into his solo material. Big had the crowd in the palm of his hand, he announces “I was only supposed to come out and do a few songs, but I want to keep rocking” to cheers from the whole room. Just when you think the energy can’t get any crazier, Killer Mike walks onto stage and the place erupts! Mike ran through the “Whole World,” “Akshun,” before leaving the stage. At the end of the show Big Boi was joined on stage by Dungeon Family crew; Backbone, Slimm Calhoun, C-Bone, Koncrete, and Killer Mike who came back out to perform the anthem “Kryptonite.” Overall the show was Awesome and set the bar for the weekend.
After the Big Boi show, I went straight to MJQ’s Druken Unicorn for the “Stay Productive” producers event. Being as late as I was, I was only able to catch some of Oh-No’s set, and missed the rest of the monsters who were scheduled to get down. At the end of the night I snapped a pic of Oh No, Khrysis, Yamin, Illastrate, and DT.
The highlight of my Friday was performing as well as hosting the Red Bull stage later that evening. I got the pleasure of hosting alongside Monie Love as well as introducing Slum Village, Beatnuts, and The Liks.
On Saturday I decided to check out the film screenings that were taking place during the festival. I made it out to catch Will Feagin’s “Change In The Game” documentary. We snapped this pic on the red carpet outside. After the film I jumped in the studio to work on a track with Sha Stimuli before returning to the festival to catch Twista, Diamond District, & Tech Nine.
Oh I also bumped into a few Native Tongues OG’s as well. Mike G (Jungle Brothers), Pos (De La Soul), Me & Monie Love.
After all the festivities were over, I must admit I was dumb tired! Somehow with help of some friends I managed to scrape enough energy to make it to East Atlanta to catch the 9th Wonder vs. Young Guru party. When I arrived Just Blaze was actually djing, warming up the tables before 9th’s arrival.
Overall the festival was cool this year, I think I had more fun last year, but it was still cool.
See y’all in ATL next year for A3C #9.