You know the feeling you get when the DJ makes the last call for alcohol?
You know you probably dont need another Blue Moon, but what the hell? Youre there; you may as well. Same goes for the A3C Festival. With more than enough acts to chose from, attendees staggered from one venue to the next looking for one last shot to keep them properly buzzed until next year.
Though the entire final day was full of joyful hip-hop activity, the most potent shots of the night belonged to Rakim, Mike Bigga (Killer Mike), J. Cole and Grip Plyaz? (Well get to that later).
First stop: East Atlanta Icehouse headlined by Mike and Rakim. The place was packed to capacity (security wouldn't even let Buckshot and DJ Evil Dee in, though, ironically, the DJ was playing their music to hype the crowd before Rakims set). At any rate, Mike proceeded to impress those who hadnt seen him perform you could practically see the Wow, this guy can really rap! expressions on newbies faces. While his set wasnt as intense as last weeks when he opened for Slaughterhouse, God was definitely in the building.
By the time Rakim got on stage and opened with Microphone Fiend, there was barely any breathing room in the place, proving that everyones favorite MC to quote has staying power even after years of shelved albums and failed deals. Rakim killed the crowd, straight, no chaser.
While Mike and Rakims show was like a nice glass of Henny and Coke, the Perfect Attendance stage at the 5 Spot was more like a glass of bottom-shelf Long Island iced tea not necessarily the smoothest drink, but guaranteed to help you reach your bottom line nevertheless. Featuring a slew of Internet rappers that mostly only blog heads would know and thoroughly enjoy, the night was full of activity, both planned and unplanned. After missing his set due to some misunderstandings and apparent schedule complications, everyones favorite non-hipster, Grip Plyaz, decided to rush the stage and perform anyway. While the crowd was amped to see him get into his current signature ditty, Fuck Dat Hipster Shit, he was cut short and forced from the stage, much to the disappointment of the crowd, which went nuts during his performance.
Grip may have provided the nights drunk PBR moment (i.e. unexpectedly entertaining), but Jay-Zs signee, J. Cole, was really the man of the hour. Fueled by the energy and response of the crowd, the Fayette-nam, N. C. rapper decided to go ahead and do one of his more poignant records, Balance, after performing his signature track, Lights Please. Closing with his verse from "A Star is Born" from Jay-Zs Blueprint 3, J. definitely left the most lasting impression of the night.
Bobby Creekwater hit the stage directly after J.Cole, and though the crowd had already started to clear out (super lame), Creek amply demonstrated, once again, why hes probably one of the most under-appreciated MCs in rap music. Just ask J. Cole, who animatedly declared that hes been on Creek for a while before exiting the stage and watching him close the show and the festival properly with an especially rousing rendition of his groovy, perceptive song "Ms. Atlanta."
With more performances and hip-hop activities than any of its previous years, the A3C Festivals final night was a fitting culmination of the bright and dark spots of the three-day event. While some attendees declared that they were hip-hopped out and taking a vacation from rap for a minute, others seemed content to bask in the hip-hop haven, battling outside of the venues until the wee hours of the final night. No matter what the consensus, everyone left feeling drained but with a definite buzz.
Heres hoping next years festival is just as intoxicating.
(Photo courtesy Dustin Chambers)
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