The 9th Annual All 3 Coast (A3C) Hip-Hop Festival went on in Atlanta, GA from October 2nd to October 6th and was superb to say the least. The festival was attended by 1000s of hip-hop artists, bloggers, photographers, videographers, clothing designers, film directors, executives and hip-hop fans. The events took place all over Atlanta, Ga from Little 5 Points to the Old 4th Ward. Multiple major label and independent artists were able to showcase their talents in the multiple venues set up through out the city. I was able to catch some of my favorites like Talib Kweli and Schoolboy Q as well up and comers like Que and Miloh Smith. Along all of the shows, there were also multiple panels and workshops for A3C participants to learn about everything from booking shows to getting paid for song placements in video games. There were numerous opportunities to network and connect with people that you may not have at your disposal on a daily basis. Overall the experience was tremendous both from and artist and blogger aspect and is a trip that I would recommend every artist take at least once.
Ray Dawn is back with the visual for “Lately” off of his latest release En Plane Air. The song was produced by frequent collabator Ohini Jonez. Ray partnered with TrillHD for the release of the visual. Dawn is scheduled to be at attendence for the A3C festival in Atlanta, GA this week. Check out the video below and if you have yet to hear the rest of En Plane Air the link is also featured below.
With all that’s going on in the world today, some of our emcees have decided to speak out on things in their lyrics. First Kanye West with his Yeezus album, and now a fellow Chicago emcee, Neak. The colorful and vivid visual depictions of Neak’s lyrics come to life courtesy of Aaron Perkins Jr of APJ Films. Rocking with his main main/partner/producer Slot-A, Neak spits that real about how impressionable our youth remain. Popping molly while busting it wide open and making it rain might be what you do, but…
What about the kids, now that they want to try it? Welcome to social awareness in 2013.
The Kids is featured on RA NYC’s latest mixtape, BRTH A N8TH. You can download the mixtape for free here: http://ra-nyc.bandcamp.com/album/brth-a-n8tn.
Neak (@neak_undefined) – The Kids
Produced by: Slot-A (@iamslota)
Video directed by: Aaron Perkins Jr. of APJ Films (@APJFilms)
I’ll never forget the day I got the call from my partner. It was early in the week, and I asked what we were going to do next. He mentioned possibly driving from Orlando to Atlanta for a hip-hop festival. I’d heard of music festivals before, but what he was suggesting was nearly a dream. Three days of all the dopeness of hip-hop? We were on the phone and hopped on line and did the research together.
It was early October, 2010. We decided days before the festival was to begin that we would make the drive. Plans were made, and hotel and tickets were purchased. We paid $25 for three day passes and there were over 200 acts scheduled to perform. Our plan was to network and spread the word about our artist, all while soaking in as much hip-hop as we could stand over the short time we were going to be there.
I decided to connect with other festival goers via Twitter to jumpstart the networking. I’m here to tell you I met most of these people and some of them have proved to be some of the most incredible folks I’ve met thus far in my lifetime. Real connections were made with real people, and the music was just incredible. As a fan, this is the ultimate experience to get up close and personal with some of your favorite artists as they roam through the venue without security and celebratory hoopla that generally surrounds them. As an aspiring *insert music professional title of your choice,* the same holds true. Get to Atlanta and jumpstart it all.
This year will be my third year attending and every year, I go on Twitter rants about why folks should be there. This year, I figured if I made a short list and shared it along with my personal story, I’d reach a few more people.
Here goes nothing:
– This year, the festival has expanded and will host six stages and will have over 300 artists performing throughout the city of Atlanta during the three days.
– 2 Wu-Tang members have been confirmed.
– As the festival is in Atlanta, the recent announcement of a Dungeon Family performance is pretty freaking epic.
– A extremely diverse pool of independent artists from all over the world is filling out the bill.
– All of this is happening, and you still won’t pay $100 at the door for the three day pass.
Aspiring artists, producers, journalists, publicists, promoters, etc. This part is for you:
– Come network with people who are or have been in your shoes.
– Potentially meet your future clients.
– Establish your identity in the industry.
– Gain new fans by sharing your story.
– See some of your inspirational mentors up close and personal.
9th Wonder was on hand for a question and answer session, debuted his documentary, then set the festival all the way off with his entire Jamla Records family and special guests tearing down the stage.
I hope I’ve inspired you to check the festival out. If you’re too far away to make it this year, though it is still more than a month away… plan for next year. If you’re attending, I’d love to meet you. Find me and tell me your story.
For more information about A3C visit the official website: www.a3cfestival.com
Learn more about the artists and specific shows via Facebook
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Artists, its not to late to submit for your chance to perform. Click here.
See you there!