This 12 months's A3C Festival & Conference is already nicely underway in Atlanta and, per ordinary, it's filled with performances and panels that includes business heavyweights, together with Steve Stoute and J. Prince.
The legendary Wu-Tang Clan can be celebrating its 25th anniversary this 12 months, with occasions aimed toward showcasing the depth of affect the group had on hip-hop and tradition at massive. Lil Wayne, the Diplomats, Royce Da 5'9 and DJ Premier (Prhyme), and Trina may also be performing on the pageant this weekend.
We combed by means of the somewhat-intimidating (as a result of it's so large) pageant and convention schedule to see which occasions it's best to positively hit up.
The Wu-Tang Clan's 25th anniversary celebration of their basic debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) at this 12 months's A3C is huge, with a string of occasions honoring the legendary group. There's an album listening and ebook signing with U-God, which must 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 non-public artwork get together and chess battle with RZA, Masta Killa and Cappadonna however you need to have a WuTang ATL press cross to enter. RZA may also be readily available for an in-depth dialog with NPR's Rodney Carmichael. And in fact, Wu will likely be performing reside because the headliners of Saturday's live performance.
Memphis vets and the group that helped lay the inspiration for southern hip-hop, Eightball & MJG will likely be screening their upcoming movie, Comin Out Hard, which particulars their rise within the recreation 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 of the influential teams in Southern rap historical past. Push Films in affiliation with Superwoman Squad, current the movie, with Kim Jones directing.
Two of rap's most vocal and politically lively emcees, Trae Tha Truth and Talib Kweli will hyperlink to speak about artwork, social justice points and the right way to successfully use your voice within the wake of one of the tumultuous occasions in U.S. historical past. Talib Kweli may also hold round to carry out on the pageant on Saturday night time.
Fresh off the discharge of the years-long delayed Tha Carter V, Weezy will likely be readily available to headline Sunday night time's pageant. Wayne is all the time entertaining reside, so anticipate the surprising.
The Diplomats (Cam'ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana) will join on stage on Sunday night time. Dipset helped usher in a brand new period of 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 responsible to 1 rely of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one rely of carrying a firearm on an airplane. He is presently out on bond.