As day 2 of the A3C music festival rolled on, fans were treated to some top notch performances from rap veterans to new school neophytes doing their best to gain some shine. Along with the several shows going on simultaneously, panel discussions, equipment demonstrations and beat battles were also a centerpiece of the festival.
Fans gathered to witness live performances from veterans such as Brooklyn’s Sha Stimuli who rocked one of the smaller stages but commanded the packed crowd inside the A3C Pro Audio Room with ease. Rochester, New York rapper Hassan Mackey ripped the Perfect Attendance stage and ended things off with a fiery freestyle. Up and coming Miami MC Quest (aka John Q) torched his brief set and greeted fans with humility after his stint.
A3C kept things international during the Import/Export showcase on the Jagermeister stage as a bevy of rappers from outside the United States borders performed. The segment was capped by Canadian female rapper Eternia who lit up the stage with tons of energy and brought out West Coast lyrical titan Ras Kass to drop some clever lines over a DJ Premier track.
North Carolina producer 9th Wonder and his “The Wonder Year” documentary was shown to a seated audience on the Creative Loafing stage. After, the LRGenerations showcase kicked off with some of the producer’s artists from his Jamla label. Thee Tom Hardy, Big Remo and female MC Rapsody all took to the stage and blazed through their sets. Skyzoo then took to the stage with producer Illmind backing him up and thrilled the crowd by running through some of his tracks from his latest release The Great Debater – and even dropped a mild bombshell that he’s been in talks with G-Unit honcho 50 Cent.
Outdoors at the DJBooth.Net showcase, up and comers Dee-1 and Jon Hope got to rock before veterans Saigon and the extremely regal Jean Grae who was decked out in a flowing black dress and some custom Chuck Taylors. Jean’s set with DJ Mr. Len was well received and softened the crowd up for Maybach Music Group artist Pill who gave a high energy and humor-filled set. Following the “Trap Goin’ Ham” rapper was Def Jam artist Big K.R.I.T. and immediately the Mississippi native had the crowd in the palm of his hand as he ran through songs from his mixtapes K.R.I.T Wuz Here and Return Of 4eva.
Young Money spitter Cory Gunz and CTE’s Freddie Gibbs closed things out upstairs on the Creative Loafing stage but crowds began to thin out as exhausted patrons standing on their feet for hours began to peter out. Still, Gibbs and Gunz gave it their all onstage and delivered their sets with ease.
Stay tuned for the day 3 and final recap of the A3C Music Festival. Headliners include M.O.P., dead prez, Fashawn, Murs and an interview and tribute show for the legendary Big Daddy Kane.
Learn more about the A3C music festival here.