5 Moments From A3C Festival Saturday
Photography By: Antone Booker
A3C is one of the premiere festivals in Atlanta featuring over 500 performances from some of hip-hop’s most promising and respected artists from all over. XXL is on the ground to give day-to-day recaps of what’s going down during their 10-year celebration.
Although the A3C festivities are set to close out in just one more day, Saturday was another day full of intriguing panels, dope showcases, and all-star performances. From tributes to art shows, the attendees of the 10-year A3C festival are here to celebrate the past, present, and future of the culture of hip-hop. Check out our recap of the best moments from Saturday’s A3C.—Asia Burris
Ladies First: Women in Hip Hop Panel
Featuring the likes of some of hi- hop’s most elite, the Women in Hip Hop panel sponsored by ASCAP and A3C brought together Da Brat, Karen Civil, Deb Antney, Janee Bolden, Shanti D. Das, and Hannah Kang all around one table to discuss their development as a woman in the male dominated industry. As the panel guests discussed their past and present, attendees learned that there is no easy route to building yourself as a brand. Questions were asked, tears were shed, and aspiring women in hip-hop learned the ins and outs of how to make it.
Cam Kirk Opens Up A Popup Gallery
Born and raised in Maryland, photographer Cam Kirk first learned about photography after his father placed a camera into his hands. After moving to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College, Cam began to network to build his brand as a visual creative in the entertainment industry. In honor of A3C, the young professional opened up shop for attendees to view his portfolio that includes shots of Travi$ Scott, Future, 2 Chainz, Metro Boomin', and more. In a small open space with a chair and a DJ booth, there was more than enough room for viewers to grasp the candid, natural abilities behind the lens of Cam Kirk.
A premier sneaker and clothing boutique located in Atlanta, Flykix was featured at A3C to brand and market numerous booming music artists in the past. As part of the festival's 10-year celebration, the established brand brought together some of Atlanta’s most respected rappers onto one stage. The audience was hit with cuts from Lucci, Money Makin' Nique, Scotty ATL, Johnny Cinco, ForteBowie, and the “All Gold Everything” rapper Trinidad Jame$. The 3rd Street Armory rocked on to the late hours of the evening, which led to a successful close out of the night.
Duck Down BBQ
Listed as one of the main attractions of the week, the Duck Down BBQ held at the Old 4th Ward caught the interest of many due to both the free food and the all-star artist roster. Duck Down Music houses numerous established names, and most came through to represent their label in honor of the A3C festivities. 9th Wonder, Smif-n-Wessun, and Buckshot were all joined by a few of today’s up-and-coming artists. But, the show couldn’t have closed out properly with a performance from Jay Electronica as he crowd surfed atop overjoyed fans.
Pimp C Tribute
Apart of a collaboration with Mass Appeal and Stance, UGK’s Bun B hosted an honorary concert for the late and great Pimp C. The tribute took place at A3C’s Main Stage in Old 4th Ward with appearances from Twista, 8Ball & MJG, Jay Electronica, and of course Bun B. Set’s included some of the artists’ hit cuts like Bun B’s “Get Throwed,” and Twista’s “Overnight Celebrity.” In my opinion, there was no better way to honor the underground king than a celebration with his longtime partner.