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A3C Festival & Conference Brings the Hottest Artist to Atlanta


On July 7th – 9th All Three Coast Festival & Conference took over the city of Atlanta. All Three Coast Festival & Conference is the preeminent hip-hop event  and is critically coined, “hip-hop’s family reunion.” The independently produced A3C Festival & Conference birthed from regional showcases and to now an internationally recognized and nationally acclaimed hip-hop cultural experience. Designed to empower, engage and energize the community that shape and define hip-hop culture. The A3C Festival provides the best platform for artist discovery, while celebrating Hip-Hop’s trailblazers, influencers and milestones. With live performances from over 500 of Hip-Hop’s most iconic, talented and promising artists take place across 75+ shows in the Old 4th Ward and East Atlanta Village. The 2017 A3C Conference examines the intersection of Music, Technology and Culture.

Jermaine Dupri discusses his most successful moments and hardship in his musical career. (Carnes 2017.)

The A3C Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to connect and learn from Hip-Hop influencers, artists, organizations, and industry experts. The Conference Center and Pro-Audio Center was held at Loudermilk Center and SAE Institute of Atlanta, The Conference Center portion of the festival is made up of uniquely panels and mentorship sessions, live podcasts, and talent workshops. The festivals headline sit down interview was BMI Presents Conversation with Jermaine Dupri. The ballroom was filled with over 300 festival attendees all-attentive to Jermaine Dupri spilling his blueprint on becoming successful in the music industry.

Following the full day of panels, workshops and interviews, A3C partnered with Mass Appeal for evening full of over 250 musical showcases spread over Old 4th Ward venues throughout the three day festival. The festival closed on Sunday at Festival ground for a six concert filled with some of hip hop hottest artist such as Cardi B, Migos, Vic Mensa, Cyhi the Prince and many more.

For more information about this years festival and how you can participate next year be sure to visit A3C Festival.

A3C Host Monthly Networking Mixer

The biggest Hip-Hop festival in the south, A3C, recently held their  networking monthly mixer, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. The monthly event serves as an incubator called A3C Social Club, which creates an on-going connection between the influencers, Hip-Hop artists and the community to hang out and share ideas. A3C Social Club is a way for you to stay connected with great shows, content and information year-round. The best part is that the monthly event free.  Becoming a free member of A3C Social Club you have the plug into members-only giveaways, events, and deals the moment they drop. The way you can become a social club member is to RSVP to A3C Social Club events thru

This months event  took place on the rooftop of Delightful Eatz, which was recently just announced as an official A3C Festival venue. DJ and producers Mikkoh + Decoteau (Mikoteau) provided the event with sounds by playing some of hottest songs on the radio and also giving local artist a opportunity to showcase their music to Social club members. Among those special Social Club members Lil Yachty got the opportunity to perform his latest released single, “King of Teens “.

Be on the look out soon for more updates regarding next months A3C Social Club mixer by following @A3CFestival  on Instagram. You can also check here and get the latest updates and announcements to the 2016 All Three Coast Festival .

Radio One Presents #StrategyForChange

Celebrites and citizens all over the Atlanta community gather at the #StrategyForChange town hall meeting in efforts to decrease the rate of police brutality.
Celebrites and citizens all over the Atlanta community gather at the #StrategyForChange town hall meeting in efforts to decrease the rate of police brutality.


In the wake of a number of protests in Atlanta, popular radio and TV host Rickey Smiley, entertainers and community leaders hosted a town hall meeting called #StrategyForChange. The town hall meeting was put together by Radio One and played on several radio stations including popular urban stations V-103 and Hot 107.9.

Popular figures and represnatives from metro-area police departments, along with Black Lives Matter activists gathered at the House of Hope Church in Decatur to figure out ways to work together to improve relations between police and black communities.

The meeting comes after protesters marched for five days through Atlanta asking for something to happen from top Atlanta officials. The night was full calls demanding for solutions for real change. However at times it became filled with raw emotions and anger over police killings of unarmed black men across the country.

Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Bernice King, urged citizens to organize and agree on a mission and develop a strategy. King says, “We must stay together and continuously hold the justice system accountable for these acts that are killing are community. A few days of marching and talking on social media will not change it but if we pull together and vote during the elections for a communities representatives and judge we will see a difference.”

Anger and pain were also directed at police representatives on the panel, including DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander.

“We’ve got to be ready to listen to the people and hear their anger, and tend to their anger and cerate some opportunities in which we can continue to work together,” Alexander told us.

While the end of the event did not result in a consensus of how to solve the problems of policing in America, all there agreed that there is a need for people of all races to unite and bring peace between police and minority communities.

“If all lives matter,” said singer Tyrese, “we need you to show up for us.”

Kota Santez Performs The Anthem On the Record

Chicago native Kota Santez premiered his latest single, live on  “At 16 years old ,Kota Santez’s future started to take shape as he began writing and rapping consistentlyhile attending school at Cedar Grove High School. Kota says, “ That’s when I realized I had something great for the world to hear.” From that point on ,he began to cultivate his talents.

Influenced by many greats, such as Nas, Biggie, Andre 3000 and Jay Z,Kota Santez is nothing less of a soulful rapper with a passion for creating dope lyrics. In his latest single “K to the Izzo also referred to as “Kota Santez creates a feel good tune but also delivers a strong message about promoting social consciousness. Kota says, “ I wanted to make a song that you can listen to at anytime because “it has such good energyut still gives the people something to think about.”  Riding the up tempo beat with a melodic hook, Kota sure knows how to creates positive vibrations.

“Before Kota premiered his song to one of the toughest indie crowds in Atlanta through On the Record, he was nervous. His nerves stemmed from the show’s reputation for having well-informed audiences.”

On the Record has been a staple in the indie music scene for the past 3 years and has been credited as the underground 106 & Park. Hosted by Chianexo and Amani every other Wednesday, the show gives the audience as chance to engage in social conversations and enjoy live sets from some of Atlanta’s most promising up-and-coming stars.

Backed by a full band Third Shift Generation,Kota began to look at ease as he showed off his latest lyrical masterpiece. The addition of the band really gave the performances a nice vibe and intensity. Santez hopes the band will join him during his performance at the All Three Coast music festival this coming fall.

After getting a lot of buzz his “that was released last year, Kota decided  to give his fans something new in 2016 with his new self-tilted mixtape “Kota Santez”. Hosted by Atlanta DJ’s DJ Iceberg DJ Grady, the new mixtape continues the theme of Kota’s soulful melodic sound” and it’s safe to safe to say after this performance that this tape will be something worth listening to The tape even features artists like Miroj, Breezy Castilleo and Nino Blaq.

Hoop4Flint Charity Basketball Event


Aebl Hoops Share Bates & Fresh Empire Presents Hops4Flint
Aebl Hoops Share Bates & Fresh Empire Presents Hops4Flint

On Saturday, April 4, 2016,  Abel Hoops and Fresh Empire hosted a Hoop4Flint celebrity basketball game to help the many people affected by the Flint Michigan water crisis.

Flint Michigans water has been contaminated over several years.
Flint Michigans water has been contaminated over several years.


Approximately 99,000, in Flint, Michigan has a significant number of people who have been affected by the water crisis. According to Michigan state website, lead contamination was found in Flint’s water. Charles Hancock, aHoop4Flint supporter says, “I am appalled by the actions of Flint’s officials for allowing the water system to be affected this long. This is not a mistake or natural disaster, but rather corruption from our government with no one being held accountable, even after Governor Synder’s  emails. It’s important for us to help out where we can because we can’t count on our system to help us when we are in need.”

The event was held at Crim High School and was hosted by Atlanta V-103’s own Ferrari Simmons and Shar Bate. The was also music played by DJ New Era who is a member of DJ   Holiday infamous DJ crew. The Hoop4Flint event is a fundraising event to raise money to purchase home filtration systems and donate clean water to Flint residents, which will be delivered personally to Flint residents by the Hoop4Flint event board.

Event coordinater Shar Bates’ said , “I am devastated by the water crisis that has put the entire city of Flint in a state of emergency. In recognizing the great work that some community leaders have been doing, it is my hope we can help by raising the money needed to ensure that the people who have been affected receive the care that they need today and well into the future. The goal for the event was to collect approximately 1,000 shower filters to give to the community of Flint, Michigan.”


There was a crowd of over 500+ people cheering along as they watched their favorite local celebrities compete in a friendly game of basketball. On the teams were fan favorites Kap G, Cool Amerika,Fly Guy DC, Mykko Montana,Yung Booke and more. Also, celebrities such as Love and Hip Hip Atlanta stars Tammy Riveria, Atlanta native Tameka “Tiny” Harris, TK N Cash, Lil Donald and more participated in the event.

Thanks to its supporters, Hoop4Flint raised over 2,500 cases of water and 1,200 shower filters to donate to Flint. If you were not able to make this event, then there is still an opportunity for you to donate at