We figured most of you were either winding down from Saturday's events yesterday and weren't on a computer, so we saved your final recap of A3C until today.
For what was possibly the most diverse crowd the festival has drawn in its six year existence, Saturday's crowd was probably the most recognizable. Outside stages presented by internet powerhouses 2DopeBoyz and AllHipHop featured artists that have at least been on their own tours, put a number of albums out and might have been on TV already.
Atlanta underground favorite Sean Falyon rocked the 2DB stage and brought out his partner in Red Cup crime Playboy Tre who finally got a chance to rock a stage on his own after performing at A3C the last two years alongside B.o.B.
However, the most pleasant surprise of the stage was Brookyn's bi-focal wonder Soul Khan. Hate to make it sound like every time a white dude with glasses actually knows how to rap is such a marvel, but hey, it kinda actually is.
For the first time all weekend, the Perfect Attendance stage probably wasn't the biggest draw as AllHipHop kept most of the crowd outside with a bill that boasted former Atlanta showcase star Willie Joe, Dame Dash-affiliate Stalley, Mista F.A.B., Killa Kyleon, Donnis, Nappy Roots, Kidz N The Hall and Killer Mike.
Still fighting off the "hyphy" tag, F.A.B. set out to win over some new fans as he practically freestyled his whole set. Stalley and Killa Kyleon sets shared some similarities. Well actually one, the both have a song with the same beat.
Kidz N The Hall made sure their fans got their money's worth as they treated them to an extra song and kept them entertained with a brief rant about never coming back to A3C because their set was cut short because of time constraints.
Killer Mike kept the angst going as he rumbled into his set and brought out an artist even more controversial than he, Immortal Technique. However their revolutionary sermon was cut minutes short to stay in line with the City of Atlanta sound ordinance, that we all know is strongly enforced.
After that, most of the people that stuck around went inside, not necessarily because they wanted to see anyone in particular, but because they didn't want to go home yet. While they were there though they were treated to somewhat of a trip down memory lane with Collective Efforts' performance that featured Gripplyaz. If you remember CE was probably the only group in Atlanta that was cool and worked with Gripplyaz...before it became cool to work with Gripplyaz.
Downstairs though, some unadulterated rap shit went down as Jackie Chain took to the stage and pimped and macked every proverbial bitch in the room with his Too $hort meets Pimp C brand of music. While the fellas through their beers and middle fingers in the air, the "ladies" threw their panties.
As wonderful as the A3C has been over the years, one grip among fans had been that there has been NO Dungeon Family involvement (unless you count 2nd Generation member Killer Mike). That changed this year as Backbone got a chance to rock at SMKA's latenight Stargazing stage.
All in all, the way A3C is set up, its hard for them to have a failure of an event. With over 200 acts on the bill, people are bound to find something they like. Plus, with so much going on no-shows (Mac Miller, Dom Kennedy, Erick Sermon) are hardly missed. Matter of fact, it may be their loss.
Each year A3C has found a way to top itself, its going to be interesting to see what they bring for next year. There have already been whispers of more Atlanta "industry" folks wanting to be involved. Hopefully they'll come in peace.
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