On Wednesday (Oct. three), Atlanta’s annual A3C Conference kicked off within the metropolis’s middle, steps away from Georgia State University. Each yr, droves of aspiring MCs and their administration groups storm the streets, networking and shaking palms — all the time with their CD because the lead. Some come to town with their most progressive concepts and others merely come for inspiration.
In 2018, the halls of the Loudermilk constructing had been flooded with artists hoping to listen to a singular, probably life-changing jewel from individuals like Tuma Basa (Director of Urban Music, YouTube), Cortez Bryant (Manager, Young Money) and so many others. Even town’s mayor Keisha Bottoms had a talking engagement.
Those who had been common attendees of the convention from yr to yr somberly acknowledged that this could be the primary A3C in a while the place the voice of the late Reggie Osse of the Combat Jack Show wouldn’t be heard booming by means of the primary room at Loudermilk as he carried out interviews with the perfect and brightest within the trade. Still, as he would say: “It by no means, ever stops.”
It was just a few years in the past that the competition’s organizers determined to separate the exhibits from the conversations to make the convention and the competition two separate entities beneath the identical umbrella. It was smartest factor they may’ve performed. With the informational classes being held all through the week, the weekend was broad open for hours of stay hip-hop.
On Saturday (Oct. 6), convention attendees and neighborhood of us all streamed into the Georgia Freight Depot to observe Wu-Tang Clan reconverge and carry out their debut LP, Enter the 36 Chambers, from begin to end. The competition grounds hosted a combined crowd with numerous musical tastes, as all the time. Some got here out to see newcomers like Deante Hitchcock and Dreamville’s J.I.D. stay and in impact. Others hit the depot particularly for wordplay from Prhyme, Talib Kweli and Westside Gunn and Conway. It was clear who got here to see the Wu.
In the ocean of individuals, by the glow of the stage lighting, one might spot the large spattering of vivid yellow Wu-Tang logos on black tees, backpacks, hats and even socks. The Clan allowed for particular person members to shine on their very own onstage: Method Man, wearing all black, confidently dove into his “Rockwilder” verse and “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man” with ease. At one level within the night, he addressed the group straight. “Here’s my suggestion,” he mentioned. “If yo’ ass ain’t able to get together and also you within the entrance, take yo’ ass to the again and let the individuals who able to get together stand up entrance.” Festival goers screamed their approval.
From “Triumph” to “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta F Wit,” the power remained the identical. W’s had been within the air when the group was too excited to proceed recording on their telephones. “The complete f–king Wu-Tang is up there!” one latecomer raved to their companion, who appeared equally floored. “They be coming collectively like Voltron.” One lady, who seemed to be in her early to mid-50s, jumped round to the timing of “C.R.E.A.M.” and recited each bar effortlessly whereas doing so.
Even Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s spirit may very well be felt within the place on Saturday night time. His son, Young Dirty Bastard, carried out “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” in his honor along with his dad’s crew submitting within the background. He completed the verse and edged out to the middle of the stage. “Don’t bounce in that crowd, n—-a…,” Method quipped, like an actual uncle would.
Tonight (Oct. 7), A3C continues their pattern of bringing crews collectively for the higher good with Dipset hitting the stage simply earlier than Lil Wayne, wrapping up the A3C festivities for 2018.