Today (Wed., Oct. 2) marks the opening day for A3C 2013
. As the lion's share of CL
's coverage will land on newsstands tomorrow, here are three must-see picks happening tonight.
Rich Homie Quan
Last spring, a cardboard cutout of Rich Homie Quan appeared downtown, but few knew who he was. By summer, even Drake recognized his image. A student of Lil Wayne's earliest and most eager cuts, and Andre 3000's understated cool, Quan struck a balance between influences in his mixtape-sleeper-turned-Billboard hit "Type of Way." To hear a crowd sing along with "I know you feel some type of way-aa-ay" is to know that he won't apologize for his success. As the Boondocks would say: Game recognize game, and Quan thinks you lookin' kind of unfamiliar. Wed., Oct. 2, 11 p.m. The Basement, 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-622-8686. - Christina Lee
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- Cannibal Ox
Starting with 2001's breakout debut, The Cold Vein, Cannibal Ox has worked its way up from unassuming lo-fi beginnings to the top tier of underground hip-hop. Under the careful supervision and cultivation of Def Jux-founder and former Company Flow-member El-P, the Harlem duo of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega create a pummeling but uplifting mix of gutter anxiety and inspired wordplay similar to such hip-hop classics as Nas' Illmatic and Wu-Tang's 36 Chambers. Although the duo took time away from the project to work on their respective solo albums, Cannibal Ox returned in full force with the "Gotham" 12-inch, a three-track dose of its signature weighted intensity. Wed., Oct. 2, 12:25 a.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
- Bobby Power
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- Too $hort
When Too $hort posed on his black Cadillac for 1987's Born to Mack, he sat far from the camera's gaze, making his face difficult to discern. "[T]hat little dark-skinned dude could be anybody," he told hip-hop blog Cocaine Blunts in 2009. The Oakland rapper anticipated gangsta rap's pimp perspective then forged a decades-long career of winding through one sexually explicit encounter after another to dizzying effect. For a good indication of what to expect from his A3C performance, bump Born to Mack's nine-minute "Freaky Tales." Whether the song encompasses a year, a month or a week's worth of promiscuity, it's hard to tell even 25 years later. Wed., Oct, 2 12:30 a.m. QUAD, 714 Spring St. 404-870-0040.
Of course, with nearly 500 artists lined up to perform this year, this short list is just the tip of the iceberg. Head over to A3C to check out the full schedule for the week.