This yr's A3C Festival & Conference is already effectively underway in Atlanta and, per common, it's filled with performances and panels that includes trade heavyweights, together with Steve Stoute and J. Prince.
The legendary Wu-Tang Clan can also be celebrating its 25th anniversary this yr, with occasions geared toward showcasing the depth affect the group had on hip-hop and tradition at giant. Lil Wayne, the Diplomats, Royce Da 5'9 and DJ Premier (Prhyme), and Trina can even be performing on the competition this weekend.
We combed by way of the somewhat-intimidating (as a result of it's so huge) competition and convention schedule to see which occasions you must positively hit up.
The Wu-Tang Clan's 25th anniversary celebration their traditional debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) at this yr's A3C is huge, with a string occasions honoring the legendary group. There's an album listening and book signing with U-God, which needs to be fairly juicy, since he's been telling all of the dust that went on behind the scenes with the Wu, together with shady contracts and cash negotiations. There'll even be a private art party and chess battle with RZA, Masta Killa and Cappadonna however it’s a must to have a WuTang ATL press go to enter. RZA can even be readily available for an in-depth conversation with NPR's Rodney Carmichael. And course, Wu can be performing dwell because the headliners Saturday's live performance.
Memphis vets and the group that helped lay the muse for southern hip-hop, Eightball & MJG can be screening their upcoming film, Comin Out Hard, which particulars their rise within the sport from their begin on Memphis' underground rap scene, their first main launch with Houston's Suave House Records and their rise to change into one probably the most influential teams in Southern rap historical past. Push Films in affiliation with Superwoman Squad, current the movie, with Kim Jones directing.
Two rap's most vocal and politically lively emcees, Trae Tha Truth and Talib Kweli will link to talk about artwork, social justice points and successfully use your voice within the wake one probably the most tumultuous instances in U.S. historical past. Talib Kweli can even cling round to carry out on the competition on Saturday night time.
Fresh f the discharge the years-long delayed Tha Carter V, Weezy can be readily available to headline Sunday night's festival. Wayne is all the time entertaining dwell, so count on the sudden.
The Diplomats (Cam'ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana) will connect on stage on Sunday night time. Dipset helped usher in a brand new period New York rap with their debut studio album, Diplomatic Immunity, in 2003. Over the years they've beefed and reunited, and their linking once more now, regardless of pending drama with Juelz, who, in August, pleaded guilty to at least one depend possession a firearm by a convicted felon and one depend carrying a firearm on an airplane. He is presently out on bond.