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2014 A3C 101

CL scribes call out the top picks for A3C 2014 in 11 words

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Kool Keith plays the psychrapptastikroboticeroticon showcase at the Earl. 11 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11. The Earl.

Wed., Oct. 8


Kingston native’s sinister patter looms large in his violent, Scarface-esque tales. 8 p.m. @ 3rd Street Armory (front)

Boldy James

Boldy James’ monotone menace landed him on Nas’ Mass Appeal Records. 8 p.m. @ the Music Room. Also playing the Music Room, 10:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 10.

Kevin Gates

Louisiana native’s exploratory, honest gangsta rap reflects on his powerful demons. 8 p.m. @ 3rd Street Armory (front)


The genre-bending rapper/singer/rocker is one of ATL hip-hop’s most beloved performers. 8 p.m. @ 3rd Street Armory (front)

Thurs., Oct. 9

Jean Grae

Jean Grae’s panel will prove her commentary cuts like her rhymes. 3 p.m.

@ #FilmRM (Artist Center). Also doing another panel 12:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 10 @ #AcademicRM


DJ/MC/producer blasts intelligent rhymes from a more sophisticated era of boom-bap. The Bar Exam, 7 p.m. @ the Department Store


This Millennial MC spits thought-provoking bars with an untouchable, golden-era flow. 7 p.m. @ the Department Store

Scotty ATL

Scotty has the voice of a truly relatable ATL hip-hop underdog. 8 p.m. @ Music Room. Also playing 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 10 @ 3rd Street Armory (front), 11:30 p.m. Oct. 10 @ 529, and 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11 @ 3rd Street Armory (front)


Bratty-voiced newcomer sets scattershot pop culture criticism to thumping, club-worthy beats. 8 p.m. @ the Earl. Also playing 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 10 @ 3rd Street Armory (front)

Pastor Troy

Hot-headed crunk heavyweight barrels through rough-edged bars and militarized partying chants. 8 p.m. @ 3rd Street Armory (back). Also playing 10 p.m. Oct. 10 @ the Basement

2 Chainz

Ubiquitous College Park MC is one of ATL hip-hop’s most charismatic. 9 p.m. @ the QUAD

Casey Veggies

This Odd Future alumnus rips synth bangers, ensuring a sweaty audience. 9 p.m. @ the Basement

Vic Mensa

Barely 21, Vic Mensa rises above the mixtape circuit’s cutting edge. 9 p.m. @ the Basement

Kid Capri

Founding mixtape jock blends rap and R&B — what the crowd orders. 11 p.m. @ the Earl

Fri., Oct. 10

Juvenile and Mystikal

Two successful NOLA rappers bring their catalogues to the stage together. 2 p.m. @ #MainRM (Artist Center) (panel). 8 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage

DJ Evil Dee

Da Beatminerz and Black Moon member Entas Da Stage once again. 2 p.m. @ #PAEMainStage (SAE Institute). Also 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11 @ #AcademicRM

Bun B

UGK half endures with pensive lyrics, technical dexterity, and Southern snarl. 3:30 p.m. @ #TupacRM (Artist Center). Also playing the Pimp C tribute, 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11 @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage


Independent East Coast vet returns with introspective lyrics and perfectionist beats. 4 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage

Masta Ace

Raw hip-hop lyricism meets classic ’90s sound revived with underground feel. 4 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage

Tef Poe

Unofficial Ferguson, Mo. spokesman spits as a Midwest hip-hop foot soldier. 7 p.m. @ the Music Room

Cyhi the Prynce

Arguably one of ATL’s most underrated MCs; not one to miss. 7 p.m. @ 3rd Street Armory (front) and 10:30 p.m. @ the Earl

Nappy Roots

The country boys haven’t lost a step in the energy category. 8 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage

OJ Da Juiceman

Gucci Mane affiliate frightens hip-hop purists with sheer goofball joy, aye! 10 p.m. @ the Basement


ATL DIY rapper spits syrupy vocals laced with textured synth beats. 10 p.m. @ the Basement


“Tuesday” rapper and Drake signee, this generation’s answer to Kilo Ali. 10 p.m. @ the Basement


Former Slum Village resident, now known as “Detroit’s Best Kept Secret.” 4 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage

Project Pat

Project Pat’s rhymes maintain grit from his Three 6 Mafia heyday. 10 p.m. @ the Basement


Level-headed 9th Wonder protegee re-imagines the block as a hip-hop battleground. 10:30 p.m. @ 3rd Street Armory (front)

9th Wonder

9th Wonder’s brooding soul has bolstered everyone from Buckshot to Drake. 10:30 p.m. @ 3rd Street Armory (front)

Tiffany Foxx

Lil Kim protegee harnesses schizophrenic energy evoking Nicki Minaj/Young Thug. 10:30 p.m. @ Music Room


For those fans amazed by warp-speed lyricism, Twista is your man. 10:30 p.m. @ the Earl


Migos-affiliated new Atlantan swings addictive trap hooks with a trademark rasp. 10:30 p.m. @ Space2 and 11:30 p.m. @ 529

Trae tha Truth

Houston, Texas-based Screwed Up Click member’s street-tough baritone laments fallen friends. 11:30 p.m. @ 529

Sat., Oct. 11

Smif N Wessun

Brooklyn duo perform their debut album Dah Shinin’ and much more. 2 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage


Storied Boot Camp Clik leader Buckshot is an East Coast staple. 2 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage

Jarren Benton

Funk Volume’s most animated rhyme spitter brings the schizo party home. 2 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage

Prince Paul

Iconic DJ and producer (De La Soul, Gravediggaz) ruminates on career hip-hop. 3 p.m. @ #BeatLife (SAE Institute) (workshop)

El Da Sensei

’90s hip-hop heads rejoice: Veteran Artifacts member returns to the stage. 9 p.m. @ Space2


Female MC who sells lyrics, not sex — mainstream hip-hop needs her. 9 p.m. @ Space2

The Outfit, TX

Producer-emcee trio sends hypnotic, funky riding music to infinity and beyond. 9:30 p.m. @ the Basement. Also playing 9 p.m. @ 3rd Street Armory (back)


MCs In-Doe, A.T., and producer Flick James sling some lyrical candor. 9:30 p.m. @ the Basement


Geto Boys rapper Scarface is an OG in the truest sense. 9:30 p.m. @ the Basement. Also, he appears in conversation, 2 p.m. @ #MainRM (Artist Center)

Aleon Craft

The singular, Solar Hop-ping Decatur MC comes equipped with intergalactic rhymes. 9 p.m. @ Space2

Alex Wiley

Freewheeling rookie dives into struggles with ADD, resurfaces for party jams. 9 p.m. @ 3rd Street Armory (back). Also playing 10:30 p.m. @ 529

Kool Keith

Bronx-born boom-bap weirdo/Ultramagnetic MCs co-founder, aka Dr. Octagonecologyst, spits pornocore madness. 11 p.m. @ the Earl


Lobster-slaying local and A3C vet hosts while DJing for Kool Keith. 11 p.m. @ the Earl

The Difference Machine

Expand your consciousness with mind-bending, psychedelic hip-hop that’s from another planet. 11 p.m. @ the Earl

Sun., Oct. 12

Black Thought

The Roots MC’s complex lyricism assures his place among hip-hop legends. 2 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage

Talib Kweli, ’90s underground visionary, and activist finally takes the stage.

2 p.m. @ Old Fourth Ward Main Stage

The second annual Best Block Party Ever

Black Thought, Talib Kweli, + more close A3C with all-day party. Free if you RSVP on site or with your A3C badge. This event is also a drive for Hosea Feed the Hungry. 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 12. Old Fourth Ward Main Stage, 447 Edgewood Ave. S.E.

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