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Dapper Dan, 2 Chainz, Megan Thee Stallion, Gary Vee, Charlamagne Tha God, T.I. and More Celebrate A3C Festival & Conference 15-Year Anniversary

This past week A3C Festival & Conference celebrated their 15-year anniversary with a week of events, panel discussions, workshops, mentorship sessions, concerts and more by some of the top talent and respected industry pro’s nationwide. Prior to the festival and conference, A3C made the major announcement of their new ownership group – The Gathering Spot, Paul Judge Media Group and hip hop icon – 2 Chainz. The new team of owners then created the A3C Culture Creator Ownership Group, which is a new initiative composed of individuals that have impacted business, lifestyle, music, tech, film, sports and culture. This group of selected individuals have invested in A3C and thereby invested in Atlanta and the future of our culture. Kicking off the first day of the conference, reigning 3-time NBA 6th Man of the Year – Lou Williams, was announced as the inaugural member of the Culture Creator Ownership Group.

Yasiin Bey Live at the Masquerade

Tuesday night, A3C launched with a live performance honoring the 20th Anniversary of iconic rap artist Yasiin Bey’s,‘Black on Both Sides’ album, and opening act, Translee, of Grand Hustle. The Fader Fort, powered by Sprite, kicked off their R&B night, headlined by Pink Sweat$ and Lion Babe. Over 10 soul singers serenaded the stage, kicking off the first night of A3C. Following the Fader Fort, Atlanta United hosted the official A3C Kickoff Party at The Gathering Spot.

Wednesday, festival goers had the option to attend several dope shows and events, including ‘Mo’Nique and Friends Comedy Show’ featuring Donnell Rawlings, Just Nesh, Tone X and more. Over at The Fader Fort, guests gathered at Center Stage for their ‘Women in Hip Hop’ stage headed by Megan Thee Stallion, CHIKA and Tokyo Jetz. Fans crowded the venue to hear sounds from the best female mc’s in the game. Over at the Masquerade, Rakim and Big Daddy Kaneperformed at the Lyric and Rhymes stage alongside other emerging lyrical artists.

The conference portion of A3C kick-started on Thursday morning, held at the new hub, AmericasMart, a prominent convention center in downtown Atlanta. Over a thousand conference attendees came out to watch various panels powered by A3C, Toyota and Google for Startups, such as the ‘Blending the Entertainment and Entrepreneurship’ featuring guest speakers – NeNe Leakes, Rasheeda, Porsha Williams, Cynthia Bailey and Tanya Sam. Music Moguls – Cortez Bryant, Al Branch, Shawn Gee, Jean Nelson, Bryan Calhoun and Rodney Carmichael, spoke on the Building the Blueprint panel. The ballroom of conference center was over capacity as they hosted a keynote conversation with Gary Vee.

Gary Vee at AmericasMart

That evening, the Fader Fort concluded with the Atlanta show, headlined by Lil Keed and Lil GotIt. BJ The Chicago Kid also hosted a private show, as well as the ‘Get Hyphy with E-40 & Friends show, held at the Masquerade.

Lil Keed at the Fader Fort

On Friday, attendees filled the convention center for the first ‘Women in Charge’ panel by Toyota featuring Jewel Burks Solomon, Ericka J. Coulter, Kahlana Barfield Brown and Vanessa Baden Kelly. Also, Kei Henderson, Omar Grant, Suzy Roo and Kevin Liles all sat down to discuss ‘Innovation in the Music Industry: A Look 5 Years Into the Future’. Tip “T.I.” Harris, Charlamagne Tha God and Shaka Senghorsat down to discuss ways the people can fix the criminal justice system. Legendary creative Lenny “Kodak Lens” Santiago sat down with Genius owner, Rob Markman, for a discussion surrounding art, photography, music and culture. Closing out Friday’s keynote panels,Amber Grimes moderated an intimate conversation with CMO of WME, Bozoma Saint John.

Amber Grimes and Bozoma Saint John

Friday evening, the west coast was in the building, at the West Coast Tribute stage featuring headliners YG, Buddy, G Perico and a special guest set by West Coast legend – DJ Quik.

On the closing day of the conference, Karen Civil joined B Dot Millerfor a fireside chat discussing mental health, being a woman in a male dominated industry, losing Nipsey Hussle and Mac Miller and more. J_ust Blaze, MikeWiLLMadeIt and Tricky Stewart spoke with Rob Markman on how to create moments and break an artist as a Producer. Tech Mavens Dr. Paul Judge, Kobie Fuller, Mark Buffington, Chris Lyons and Lo Toney talked about the Silicon Valley secrets on startups, talent and investing. Music management gurus – Terrence “Snake” Hawkins, Al Branch, Brooklyn Johnny and Ebonie Wardcame together in the Google for Startups room to chat with attendees on how to break an artist; as well as tips on what managers seek when finding talent. Wrapping up the main panel stage, fashion icon – Dapper Dan, sat with hip-hop star 2 Chainz_ for a keynote discussion diving into the deep history of the intersection of Hip Hop and fashion. “As we grow A3C to be the week and place to celebrate Atlanta’s culture and global impact, it was an honor to have Dapper Dan close out the conference”, said Dr. Paul Judge (Co-Owner of A3C). “Dapper’s role in Harlem’s legendary place in history is exactly the experience needed to help ensure we continue to build the future of Atlanta to be innovative and inclusive.”

2 Chainz and Dapper Dan at AmericasMart
Rob Markman, Just Blaze and MikeWiLLMadeIt

Saturday night, A3C guests flooded the concert venue for the A3C ‘AfroBeats’ stage, featuring Koffee, Mr. Eazi and Afro B; as well as the grand finale after party with 2 Chainz at Compound nightclub.

Mr. Eazi

“This year was absolutely amazing. The cultured shifted this week as we watched the music, tech, film, political and business community come together.” Ryan Wilson (Co-Owner of A3C) continues, “the conversations at the conference were engaging and music performances inspiring. I genuinely feel attendees left with new connections and new information. That’s what makes A3C special.” A3C Festival & Conference is the place where people can connect, while educating and inspiring the next-generation of innovators and entrepreneurs that are shaping the future.

2 Chainz, TK Petersen, Ryan Wilson, Dapper Dan and Paul Judge
85 South Show – DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean
A3C Conference Audience
Megan Thee Stallion at Center Stage
Tip “T.I.” Harris

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RECAP: Trap Music Museum Celebrated 1 Year Anniversary With Trap Gala

During A3C weekend, Trap Music Museum celebrated its one year anniversary with TRAP GALA as well as participated in A3C panels.

FOR DOWNLOADABLE HI RES IMAGES OF THE TRAP GALA, CLICK HERE 

PHOTO CREDIT:  Marcus Thomas

CHECK OUT THE TRAP GALA VIDEO RECAPS HERE AND HERE

VIDEO CREDIT: @nosteviejustjai 

From L to R:  Swamp Izzo,  James Miller,  Dr. Joycelyn Wilson,  Malita The Mogul, PK “Pretty Ken”

Tiwa Savage, Mr. Eazi, Koffee and Afro B Headline the Afrobashment Concert for A3C Festival

Universal heavy-hitters Tiwa Savage, Mr. Eazi, Afro B and Koffee have just been announced as the headliners for the first-ever A3C Festival “AfroBashment” stage. Taking place at Atlanta’s renowned Tabernacle on October 12th, festival goers will have the chance to witness the exploding sounds of some of the top Afro Wave scene artists.This year’s A3C features over 300 speakers, 150 sessions, 500 music artists and 50 different events. Other speakers including Gary Vee, T.I., Bozoma Saint John, Mike Will Made-It and Charlamagne Tha God as well as music performances from Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Keed, Lil Gotit, Mr. Eazi, Pink Sweat$, Just Blaze, Skooly, yasiin bey, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, E-40 and YG for an unforgettable week in Atlanta, celebrating all things hip-hop. It will take plac​e on October 8-13, 2019 at​ ​The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and our featured concert series will take place at Center Stage, The Masquerade and The Tabernacle.Follow @A3CFestival to stay updated on more announcements!

Use Code “AFRO20” For 20% off of a GA Pass!

2 Chainz Acquires Stake in Atlanta’s A3C Festival & Conference

TK Petersen, 2 Chainz and Dr. Paul Judge

A3C has announced that GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Tauheed “2 Chainz” Epps has ​purchased a stake in the world-famous A3C Festival & Conference and is now part of the ownership group. The festival, which is celebrating its 15th year, has brought thousands from around the world to Atlanta each year to discover, network and learn from the innovators, entrepreneurs and artists that drive the culture forward. Earlier this year, Paul Judge Media Group and The Gathering Spot acquired A3C and since have created a brand new experience for the festival and conference goers. Dr. Paul Judge has collaborated with 2 Chainz in the past, bridging the gap between tech and culture, through events with one of Paul’s tech startups.

“​A3C has always been one of the most important places for artists to show off their creative ideas and to learn business moves,” states 2 Chainz. “I’ve moved from artist to being inside the owner’s box. I’m excited to be co-owner and to help shape A3C over the next decade to be the biggest festival on the planet–the festival for the future”.

2 Chainz will be a creative curator and business advisor involved with curating panels and artist lineups along with developing the overall experience of A3C. This year he will be the closing keynote on Saturday October 12 in a fireside chat with the legendary Dapper Dan.

This year’s A3C features over 300 speakers, 150 sessions, 500 music artists and 50 different events. Other speakers including Gary Vee, T.I., Bozoma Saint John, Mike Will Made-It and Charlamagne Tha God as well as music performances from Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Keed, Lil Gotit, Mr. Eazi, Pink Sweat$, Just Blaze, Skooly, yasiin bey, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, E-40 and YG for an unforgettable week in Atlanta, celebrating all things hip-hop. It will take plac​e on October 8-13, 2019 at​ ​The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and our featured concert series will take place at Center Stage, The Masquerade and The Tabernacle.

“I’m passionate about bringing together Atlanta’s colleges, companies and culture and A3C is becoming the go to event for being part of that combination,” said Dr. Paul Judge. “I’m thrilled to welcome 2 Chainz to the ownership group. Ever since I’ve known Chainz, his creativity, team and entrepreneurship skills have repeatedly proven to be world class. Together we’ll open new doors in the intersection of technology and culture.”

“We each have a unique approach to building community,” said Ryan Wilson, co-founder and chief executive officer of The Gathering Spot. “Together we’ll leverage this power to bring a fresh, exciting and culturally appealing offering to our great city and its visitors for years to come.”

Check out Entrepreneur Magazine’s feature on 2 Chainz Acquisition Here.

Please visit ​www.a3cFestival.com​ for tickets and more information.

Roc Nation’s Own Ceraadi Takes Over New York Fashion Week with Special Performance

Roc Nation’s popular singer/rap duo, Ceraadi, took New York Fashion Week by storm, last week. The sisters, who recently dropped their debut project Ceraadi’s Playlist, attended some of the most talked about shows, during New York’s most notable week in fashion. The girls made an appearance at The Pretty Little Things show, in support of all the talented female artists who performed that night, including Saweetie, Ashanti and Lil Kim. Following Pretty Little Things, they attended one of the most anticipated for the week; The Pyer Moss fashion show. Held at The Kings Theatre, hundreds of high-profile celebrities and fashion influencers got a first look at the new styles Pyer Moss will create.

Saiyr and Emaza attended Rihanna’s amazingly inclusive fashion show for Savage x Fenty, which highlighted women of all sizes, colors and uniqueness. The sisters, who even participated in the new Savage x Fenty lingerie campaign, were dripped in all the latest Savage x Fenty and were highlighted on the brands social media pages, showcasing their unique style.

The girls ended their NYC trip at the BOO HOO Fashion Show After Party. Held at the Rosé Mansion, hundreds of guests enjoyed performances and activities through the night, with a special performance of Ceraadi’s hit singles Loyal and Dumbstruck which had guests on their feet dancing along to the tune. The pair even hinted that the video for Dumbstruck will premiere very soon, making their loyal fanbase, The Ceriders, excited for the latest visual.

Check out some photos below of all the action!

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Loud Records 25TH Anniversary Concert – Wu-Tang, Three 6 Mafia, Mobb Deep, Fat Joe, Remy Ma and More


Performances By:  Wu-Tang Clan, Three 6 Mafia, Mobb Deep, Tha Alkaholics, M.O.P., dead prez, Pete Rock, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, FunkFlex And Special Guests

 Iconic Hip Hop Label LOUD Records, founded by Steve Rifkind and Rich Isaacson celebrates its 25th Anniversary with LOUD Twenty-Five, a star-studded concert featuring stars from the celebrated LOUD roster. The concert will take place on Saturday, October 11th, at the Prudential Center @ 25 Lafayette St in Newark, NJ.  Doors open at 7PM.

Steve Rifkind reminisces about LOUD,  “This celebration means the world to me.  LOUD was born out of a love for hip hop and a childhood fantasy. To see it grow into one of the most iconic and storied hip hop labels in history and having the opportunity to celebrate with our amazing artists 25 years later leaves me speechless about our journey.”

Originally funded with a mere three-thousand-dollar monthly commitment from BMG,  LOUD Records became a pre-eminent hip hop label selling over 100 Million records with little to no radio airplay. LOUD’s promotional campaigns based on the street marketing concept originated by Rifkind, executed by Isaacson and the legendary LOUD army of influencers and hip hop junkies, aka the “street team,” paved the way for the label to be known for the gritty underground sound and lyricism of its seminal groups – Wu-Tang Clan, Tha Alkaholics, Mobb Deep, Big Pun, and Xzibit to name a few.  

The October 11th show will include performances from some of Loud’s most legendary artists including multi-platinum selling and legendary Wu-Tang Clan, platinum-selling and Academy Award-winning Three 6 Mafia, the prolific and platinum-selling Mobb Deep (with special guests), classic West Coast rapper and actor Xzibit, one of the original Loud Records signees and West Coast hard core party rappers Tha Alkaholics, NYC Mash Out Posse M.O.P., the revolutionary dead prez, elite Hip Hop producer Pete Rock, Fat Joe and Remy Ma paying tribute to Big Pun and many more acts to be announced. 

Fat Joe says of signing Big Pun to Loud, “I had to take Pun to Loud.  Loud was the best record label on earth.”

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Millionaire Mastery Business & Marketing Conference with Master P

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T.I., Gary Vee, Bozoma Saint John, Mike WiLL Made-It, Stacey Abrams, Charlamagne Tha God, Dapper Dan and More Announced as the 2019 A3C Conference Official Speaker Line Up

In celebration of the 15-year anniversary, the highly acclaimed A3C Festival & Conference has enhanced the conference by announcing the official 2019 power-house speaker line up. The A3C Conference will host this year over 150 sessions with 250 speakers, including: Bozoma Saint John (Endeavor, CMO), T.I., Gary Vaynerchuk (Vayner Media & Vayner Sports, CEO), Mike WiLL Made-It, Stacey Abrams (Fair Fight, Founder & Chair), Charlamagne Tha God, Cortez Bryant (The Blueprint Group, Co-CEO), Dapper Dan, ET The Hip-Hop Preacher, Ghazi Shami (EMPIRE CEO/Founder), Just Blaze, Kei Henderson (Sincethe80s, Co-Founder), 85 South Show, Kevin Liles (300 Entertainment Co-Founder & CEO), Lenny S. (Roc Nation, SVP), Amber Grimes (Capitol Records, SVP Global Creative), Trickey Stewart, Fadia Kader (Instagram, Music Partnerships) and many more. With a major shift in focus on creating an unmatched conference experience, the 2019 A3C Festival & Conference will provide insight and knowledge from the best of the best in industries such as music, tech, culture, fashion, media and more.

“We are excited to expand the conference aspect of A3C this year by providing a host of events, panels and discussions lead by top tier professionals in their industry,” Ryan Wilson (co-owner) states, “The A3C conference experience will be nothing like any conference has seen before.”

The A3C Conference hub will be at an all new downtown Atlanta location – The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and Hotel Indigo Downtown. From October 10th – 12th A3C will host keynote conversations, panels, mixers, demos, mentorships and meet ups with exhibitors; alongside activations featuring the most innovative companies in music, tech, film and entertainment.

Stay tuned for the official 2019 A3C Festival line up to be released next week!

A3C is a music, tech, film & culture festival and conference with over 30,000 attendees in Atlanta from October 8-13, 2019. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, A3C Festival & Conference has grown from a local hip-hop showcase to become one of the most important cultural events of the year connecting, educating and inspiring the next-generation of innovators and entrepreneurs shaping the future. The week of events includes 250+ speakers, 150+ session, 500+ artists, producers & DJs and 50+ concerts, parties and experiences.

The A3C Conference (Oct 10-12) includes keynotes, panels, workshops, mixers and sessions featuring hundreds of innovators and thought-leaders. Connecting, educating and inspiring the artists, entrepreneurs and creatives that shape culture and business.

The A3C Conference hub will be at an all new downtown Atlanta location – The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and Hotel Indigo Downtown.

The A3C Festival (Oct 8-13) experience features more artists and shows over a 6-day takeover across Atlanta. The featured concerts take place at Center Stage, The Masquerade and The Tabernacle celebrating hip-hop’s past, present and future with hundreds of artists, producers, DJs and creatives from around the world. 

Social Media:

Website: https://a3cconference.com

Twitter: @A3C

Instagram: @a3cfestival

Facebook: a3cfestival

The Disco Biscuits Announce 2019-20 Winter Tour

Acclaimed “trance-fusion” act The Disco Biscuits have announced today that they will be hitting the road this winter for a 23-date tour kicking off on November 14 in McKees Rocks, PA and ending in Silver Spring, MD on January 18. The run includes four consecutive nights at New York City’s PlayStation Theater for New Year’s Eve, which not only marks the band’s 40th appearance there but also marks the final set of shows before the acclaimed Times Square venue closes its doors. In conjunction with today’s announcement, the band also shared that new music is coming soon early next year with a new album slated for summer 2020. Tickets for The Disco Biscuits’ winter tour are on-sale to the general public on Friday, September 6 at 10 a.m. local time HERE.   
The band shares the following statement: “We’ve been teasing this for some time now, it feels so good to finally be able to share it with you. We are back…and back in a big way. New tours. New music. New Jams. 2019 and 2020 are going to be our best years yet and all of you are at the heart of it. Expect to see us a lot, expect the unexpected.

The first thing we’ve got for you is our winter tour starting in just a few weeks. We’re coming back to a few places we haven’t been to in a while, and others that we’ve seen a lot through the years. All will be sweat dripping off the ceiling, Bisco fire fueled nights. 

The second is a new album…we’re already burning the midnight oil on this, and can’t wait for you to hear it. We plan on teasing some of these soon, and dropping them individually in early 2020, then a full album next summer. ‘Til then, we’ll be seeing you a quite a bit and spending every waking hour making sure this is the best of the Biscuits for all of us.”

The Disco Biscuits are an entirely different band today than they were when they first broke out of Philadelphia in the mid-90s. That’s not to say that they’ve abandoned their foundation, switched gears or set sail for distant shores. The Disco Biscuits are still very much the pioneers of “trance fusion,” bridging the gap between electronic music and jam bands. They still remain rock pioneers whose soul belongs as much to marathon dance parties as it does to live improvisational journeys. They still employ emerging technologies to help them create music that is 100 percent human although, perhaps, not entirely of this earth.

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Future Offering Scholarships at Every City of Legendary Nights Tour

After Future‘s surprise pep rally performance at Columbia High School, in Atlanta, GA, Future and his foundation FreeWishes have decided to keep paying it forward. Prospective students around the country, can now enter to win a college scholarship in the amount of $2000.00..Future’s FreeWishes College Scholarship is available to students nationally. 17 scholarships will be awarded in total and gifted at each tour stop.  Along with the scholarship, lucky recipients will also receive 2 tickets to the Legendary Nights Tour and an exclusive “I Am A Dreamer” sweatshirt.

To enter, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Follow the Freewishes Foundation’s social media page @freewishesfoundation (IG)

2. Email your 500 word essay to info@freewishes.org and write 

“How Receiving This Scholarship Would Be

 A Dream Come True”

3. Complete the above steps by noon the day before the Legendary Nights Tour stop is in your city.

4. Cross your fingers and DREAM big!

*In your email please include your name, instagram handle, phone number, copy of active student id, name of college, and contact information for school financial aid office..

For more info visit

FreeWishes.org

Social Media

@future

@freewishesfoundation

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