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Time is short though, as this is just a 30-minute drive-by before Questlove heads over to the Best Block Party Ever to spin records alongside DJ Premier, Young Guru, DJ Maseo, DJ Scratch and Diamond D.
Free. 4:45-5:15 p.m. Criminal Records, 1154 Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511.
Together, Locke and Edan tore through a set of stage routines and knob twisting noise, along with several songs from each other's respective catalogues: The Edan songs included "Mic manipulator," "Syllable Practice," "Emcees Smoke Crack," "Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme," and more, while Locke's songs included "Ventilation," "Dumbtron," and a few more.
If you missed it, you missed out, but Dumbtron is playing the Star Bar tonight (Fri., Oct. 4). Tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 5), Locke, Willie Evans Jr., and Dillon perform as Full Plate Fam at the Earl. Methuzulah, Bishop Nehru, the Difference Machine, Madlib, and Aesop Rock are also on the bill.
From a hip-hop perspective, when the city of Detroit comes up in conversation, artist like J Dilla, Slum Village, Eminem, Elzhi, D12, and Big Sean come to mind. Next in line is Clear Soul Forces, the Motor City’s latest rap group to make waves in an already overcrowded pool of artist. Noveliss (formerly J-Roc), L.A.Z, Ilajide, and E-Fave decided to combine their individual lyrical efforts to form the group one night in the studio after it was suggested by Royce Da 5'9." Since then the group has been touring across the country regularly, in support of their album titled Detroit Revolution(s), and when they aren’t performing they're locked in their home studio, dubbed "the Complex," perfecting their craft. With smooth flowing lyrics and seamless transitions between each others verses, creating a vibe that draws from the New York street poets of the ’70s, providing inspiration by expressing their feelings about the realities of their surroundings and everyday life.
Catch them at A3C on Saturday, October 13 on the Jakprints Stage at the Masquerade. 6:45 p.m.
If you’re trying to make your way from venue to venue for this year’s A3C Hip-Hop Fest, there are a couple of options available that don’t involve getting behind the wheel. First and foremost, A3C is running a free shuttle service (see the schedule above).
Secondly, as a service to this year’s A3C Hip-Hop Fest pass holders, Uber, an on-demand driver service, is offering four free rides from the Masquerade to the various venues throughout the city where A3C shows are being held, from Terminal West to the Star Bar and all points in between. All you have to do is download the Uber app from the App Store or Google Play, set up an account, and enter the promo code UberA3C to request a ride. Why drive in Atlanta when you don't have to?
Entry's permitted only with an A3C pass, though, so you'd better get on it.
In the meantime, check out this awesome Big Boi mixtape.
5) Jazz: Jazz is an improvisational genre if you will and hip hop is nothing but that. That’s how it was created it and [the genre] birthed so many things, even reggae. This was told to me by my elders. Everyone used to get music imports from New Orleans.
4) Emcees: Jay Electronica is the most phenomenal thing that has happened to hip hop. He kinda did what Drake did but on his own hand. He’s not on some one hit wonder shit, he got some shit finna pop off in the next week. He doesn’t have an album but he got five top singles. Look at his execution method and process. He ain’t just an emcee he’s a whole another entity. Look at Lil’ Wayne. He can do a song with Taylor Swift if he want to. He’s just from a few blocks over and it’s like he came out my house. I enjoy his success just as much. From No Limit to Cash Money look at everything we’ve done and produced.
3) Bounce Music: Swizz Beatz better come say something to New Orleans about giving him his style. He ain’t nothing but a bounce producer. I know damn well he better be happy for New Orleans bringing that.
2) Producers: Mannie Fresh is a big part of that southern sound that had a lot of the drum rolls. It kept that whole hip hop shit alive. It was like a new wave of hip hop when he dropped something. N.O. Joe has done a lot of shit with Rap A Lot. Our beats have another sound.
1) Musicians: We have a certain way we lay our music down and our timing. We all got that flavor to us because of our heritage and roots. Just like Curren$y, he doesn’t carry an accent like most of us, but he’s off that [New Orleans family] tree. It’s in the water. You gotta come here to see what I’m talking about.
$20 per day. 7 p.m. Sat., Oct 9. Perfect Attendance Showcase. Masquerade (Perfect Attendance Stage), 695 North Avenue NE., 404-577-8178. www.a3chiphop.com.
Top 5 "Luchini (This Is It)" covers
5) Rashad feat. Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, "Sweet Misery": The texture over it. I was surprised they even did it. The flow they came with was hot.
4) Red Café feat. Fabolous, “This Is It (Luchini 2010)": He came original. He stuck to the formula of the song and everything that it was about.
3) Wiz Khalifa, “Air Born”: The way he came across, he stuck to the energy of it.
2) Precise, “Summer With NYC”(cue 2:54 for freestyle): He just caught me off guard with it. He got a song called “Barbershop Talk” and he’s not coming with the usual, he’s coming with his own walk. The young cats will dig it and older cats who rock with hip-hop can dig it.
1) Camp Lo "Luchini": Well I don't wanna sound like I'm inhaling myself but we vibed over "Luchini" with the thought of doing something new and fly. Displaying our Bronx, New York as never done before. True to the art!
$33 3-day passes. $15 per day. 9:30 p.m. Sat., Oct 9. A3C Presents Showcase. Masquerade (Red Bull Music Academy Stage), 695 North Avenue NE., 404-577-8178. www.a3chiphop.com.
Christening himself as "your future favorite rapper," the Brazilian born and Tampa, Fla. raised Laws wrapped up a tour with Talib Kweli earlier this year. Now the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League representative is busy creating a collection of music to pay tribute to the Beatles due next year. Since A3C is all about celebrating hip-hop's past, present and future, Laws gives us some of his "future favorites" in the game.
Top 5 future favorite MCs
5) Jay Electronica: He’s like the perfect blend from the mid ’90s to 2011. He raps about some left field shit. It’s hard to do what he does as a rapper, taking what an underground artist is saying and making it commercial.
4) Drake: He’s pound-for-pound, bar-for-bar — that’s not even dick-riding — his whole style is different. Every line he says means something, not to mention the chorus he’ll have on top of all that shit.
3) Cyhi da Prynce: He’s gonna be one of the great rappers in the next 5 years. It’s pretty evident when Kanye co-signs. I mean a co-sign don’t mean shit, but Cyhi is really dope. He really puts a lot of thought into what he says.
2) Mason Caine: He’s the rapper I work closest with and he’s my favorite rapper next to myself. No one can touch him. All this year I’m gonna be pushing him along with myself. Mason Caine for president 2012.
1) Laws: I may not be as talented as the other guys I listed, but I have a pretty good foresight. I can see that I’ll be unstoppable in the next five years.
Honorable Mention: J Cole — He’s important for the game. Anyone who is on the radio and is a true lyricist is cool.
$33 3-day passes. $15 per day. 3 p.m. Fri., Oct 8. DJBooth.net showcase. Masquerade (Jagermiester Stage), 695 North Ave., 404-577-8178. www.a3chiphop.com
8 p.m. Fri., Oct 8. iStandard Producer Showcase presented by Native Instruments. Masquerade (Unique Squared Pro Audio Stage).
6:30 p.m. Sat., Oct 9. Panel: What is a Mixtape...Really?. Masquerade (Unique Squared Pro Audio Stage).
7 p.m. Sat., Oct 9. Perfect Attendance showcase. Masquerade (Perfect Attendance Stage).
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