Sunday, March 23, 2008

AC3 Hip-Hop Festival: Day Two & Three

Wow, I have a lot to say about the rest of the fest. and it isn't necessarily all good.


A day after the poor turnout for Jeru, Wale, and LB, I thought to myself "Last night was slow cause it was Thursday, people gotta get off work or get up early for work..., Friday it will be on!" On Friday local indie (non-backpack) acts did a "fashion forward" event featuring performances from Gripplyaz, Hollyweerd, B.o.B, and Proton with a runway filled with naked, painted chicks, wearing nothing but kicks to keep everyones attention. All of the acts are still up and coming so I wasn't really expecting any amazing sets but the different clothes, synthesizers, and unknown songs made for an overall boring scene for the crowd. Aside from B.o.B, I've been associated with these acts through DJing and have seen them all kill it in clubs with like minded kids, but they just weren't felt by the backpackers.






After some networking and waiting around for the Juice Crew, I found out the Big Daddy Kane was a no show. I really wanted to see Kane like everyone else so I wasn't really in a mood to stick around, but I caught the first 10 or so mins with Marley Marl, but the shit just wasn't the same without everyone there so I called it a night.


The Clipse

I showed up late this night becuase all I wanted to see was The Clipse/Re-Up and Three 6 Mafia.
After a couple of the opening acts I slid backstage, I started seeing the entourage's and then I saw Pusha T who gave me props on my new Bobby Fresh shirt. I'm no man fan but that put a lil pep in my step for the rest of the night. Also Ab-Liva is one of the tallest non b-ballers I've seen, 6'8 maybe??? The Clipse did their thing I really enjoyed their show, but I give props to Pusha who just had mad energy for a light crowd, so I really appreciated that. Three 6 ended up canceling, surprise surprise, but it was 2 am when the Clipse where warping things up and I still hadn't hit Amanda Diva's afterparty, so I got ghost!

I was very disappointed with the festival this year, I know they received a lot of money from sponsors, but I think they did a poor job booking the right artist for the rap nerd crowd. They didn't need Wale, Three 6, or even the Juice Crew. Evidence would of been a much better look than Wale. Murs would of been a much better look than Three 6. And a Goodie Mob reunion would of been a much better look (and easier) than the Juice Crew. Shit Joe Scudda was talking to fans all of Friday night, he should of been booked to do some of his solo music on stage.
A3c is still a very young festival, I think this was year 4 or 5, and still needs time to grow into a festival that the city looks forward to hosting and attending year after year, rather than a whole bunch of unrelated artist crammed into three days. It wasn't all bad, I met a lot of people, rubbed shoulders with some great artist, and saw LB!!! which was the best time I've had at a concert in a while, but A3C you need to be a total package, right now your like "a girl with a pretty face and no back" (c) ALC



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really great recap of the entire event. I'm disappointed Three 6 didn't show up because that would have been one act most of those white kids would have enjoyed and might have injected some much needed excitement into the concert.

It's crazy how white kids are all about "good hip hop" but when they show up at the concerts they are the lamest/non-lyric-reciting/unexciting attendees.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good recap... Scudda on stage is so-so, but at least he goes hard.

11:18 AM  

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