ATLANTA, GA – Now in its seventh year, the annual music festival A3C held in Atlanta has become known as the largest such festival in the entire southeast.
The hip-hop-heavy gathering has been in existence since 2005 and has featured a number of celebrated rap acts over the years such as Rakim, Yelawolf, Pill, J. Cole and Wale.
This year, headliners include Big Daddy Kane, M.O.P., Freeway, Big K.R.I.T. among countless others. Last night (October), the first night of the 2011 A3C kicked off as fans scrambled to keep up with all activity on the grounds of the large warehouse-like Masquerade performance venue in Old 4th Ward.
Upon entry, the outdoor Jagermeister stage kicked things off early at 4 PM with some DJ sets before underground vets such as Brooklyn’s Torae and Michigan’s One Be Lo took to the stage. Stunning female MC Boog Brown and fellow lady lyricist Lyric Jones graced the stage also in separate sets. Former Little Brother member Rapper Big Pooh closed the stage at 10 PM with a high energy set that thrilled the crowd.
The Perfect Attendance stage showcased a bevy of up and comers such as Interscope artist Danny! and Skewby. Kanye West collaborator GLC and down south rap fixtures the Yin Yang Twins also graced the big stage.
Warner Brothers rapper XV gave a crowd pleasing set and showed some humility towards the fans who came to support his show.
The HipHopDXNext stage seemed to attract the largest crowd with headliners looking forward to seeing Freeway and Random Axe close out the showcase. Hip-Hop legend Diamond D began the show with a DJ set featuring 45s full of dusty breaks from all the rap classics.
Underground vet Kosha Dillz opened up and was followed by a passionate showing from Detroit’s JYoung The General.
DC area trio Gods’Illa gave a tight and nuanced performance before yielding the stage to an amazing set from Queens rap champion Homeboy Sandman. Freeway’s 30 minute set was packed with hits and new verses from his upcoming mixtape, leaving the crowd wanting more. New CTE signee Freddie Gibbs also hopped on stage with Freezer to drop a verse as well. The Random Axe trio of Black Milk, Sean Price and Guilty Simpon closed things out with gruff rhymes and Black Milk’s aggressive tracks pulsating throughout the venue.
Stay tuned for the Day 2 recap of A3C live from Atlanta as tonight (October 7) the headliners include Smoke DZA, Freddie Gibbs and Def Jam artist Big K.R.I.T.
Learn more about the A3C music festival here.