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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.

No Days Off Radio Presents 2nd Annual Da Juice Competition

No Days Off Radio Presents 2nd Annual Da Juice Competition

No Days Off Radio host second annual Da Juice Competition
No Days Off Radio host second annual Da Juice Competition

Atlanta,Ga (Feb 12. 2016) –  With SXSW 2016 gearing up right around there Atlanta’s very own No Days Off Radio announces the 2nd Annual No Days Off Da Juice Concert Series. With the help of this years sponsorship of Home Team Apparel, Lyft, Daily Freshness and Belair and this year the first and second place winner heads to Austin,Tx.

With NDO Radio captivating the internet radio waves in Atlanta they are now giving local artist a chance to perform at the historical hip hop festival; SXSW.  On March 5th,2016 NDO Radio will host the first portion of the mobile series at The Vinyl at Center Stage. Da Juice competition gives indie artist their chance to proclaim the title of being the hottest independent artist in the south. The contest will be hosted by D.Will and E.A. Jace and participants will be judged by industry professionals and  will critiqued in three categories crowd participation, stage presence, and quality of music. First and second place winner will receive a free slot on the NDO Radio Da Juice performance stage in Austin,Texas on March 18th. Last years winner Black Walker says, ” The experience and knowledge I’ve gained from attending SXSW and Da Juice competition has allowed me to network and touch bases with a larger audience.

No Days Off officially announced the first four headliners for the concert series which includes Breezy Castilleo, Merlo, J Harvard and last years’ Da Juice winner Black Walker. NDO Radio CEO says, “ he is excited to give Atlanta artist the opportunity to expand their music and brand on a major platform such as SXSW 2016.” If you are a independent artist looking to expand your brand this is a opportunity that you don’t want to miss.

Instructions on how to register for No Days Off Da Juice competition
Instructions on how to register for No Days Off Da Juice competition

For more information and updates on how you can register and attend Da Juice be sure to follow No Days Off Radio on Instagram @ndoradio or visit NDOradio.com

Indie Spotlight Presents: Sneakyy

“Sneaky poses on railroad tracks in his hometown for his highly anticipated mixtape Sneakyy Kool,Humble and Focused Mixtape which is set to be released at the top of the fall. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
“Sneaky poses on railroad tracks in his hometown for his highly anticipated mixtape Sneakyy Kool,Humble and Focused Mixtape which is set to be released at the top of the fall. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

Since T.I. and Young Jeezy burst onto the hip-hop scene, the spotlight has been placed on Atlanta, which has quietly been producing a handful of serious young talent. Young artists like Migos, 21 Savage, Yung Thug, Kodak and Veto, plus more, are making waves of their own. Another MC that’s starting to see his name become bigger is Sneakyy.

Sneakyy, the Arkansas native, meshes hip-hop and dance together to make music that will make you bounce, plus provide you with some traditional southern lyrical content. The 26-year-old’s style is perfect for today’s sing-song rap style yet he manages to find his own sound. After releasing a string of singles from his recently released mixtape Kool, Humble & Focused , Sneakyy has extended his fan base beyond East Point, Ga.

“It was dope, niggas were knowing the words, it wasn’t too big of a room but it ended up filling out,” Sneakyy told us a few days after he performed early in the spring a FAMU . “This was my first time ever being in Florida, so to be performing here really was a blessing and overall a dope expeierience.”

Sneakyy at 3MG studios in Atlanta,Ga recording Fake Free with Trackwriterz (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Sneakyy at 3MG studios in Atlanta,Ga recording Fake Free with Trackwriterz (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

 

Trackwriterz(KP, Pierre andTuck) and Sneakyy in 3MG Studio's in Altanta Georgia working on their collaborative mixtape Fake Free (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Trackwriterz(KP, Pierre andTuck) and Sneakyy in 3MG Studio’s in Altanta Georgia working on their collaborative mixtape Fake Free (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

Now with a growing fan base and excellent work ethic, Sneakyy is quickly working on releasing his new project this month. “I finished the last songs [on my project] I’m working with Trackwriterz, who are based in Atlanta too,” he said. His collaboration album with Trackwriterz titled Fake Free is releasing on December 22. We caught up with Sneakyy to learn about his forthcoming plans for this summer.

Name: Sneakyy

Age: 26

Hometown: Arkansas

Resides: Atlanta

I grew up listening to: “I grew up listening to] hella rap music, like so much rap music. My dad was a the cool guy around town he pretty much knew everybody and would ride around Arkansas in his old school impala listening to music 24/7. I used to do band when I move to Georgia in middle school a lot and and audio production and I just got sick of being in class, everything he’s teaching me I’m going back in the crib and doing it for myself, so I might as well do that. So I started taking music seriously. When I was maybe, 15, 16, my sister got me a microphone for Christmas and I got an old white MacBooks. I would just put it together on Garageband and just record to every beat I can download. I didn’t start taking myself seriously ‘till four or five years ago. I was doing like little Mediafire links on MySpace and Facebook. And I had music MySpace with like 50 something songs. All I would do is record for songs a day and upload it at night.”

Most people don’t know: “I eat a lot of sushi and I used to ride bikes a lot but now I don’t. But I pretty much eat a lot of sushi.”

My style’s been compared to: “People have compared me to a lot. Some people say Migos but I don’t really see that. Someone said Quavo and I didn’t see that at all. Someone on Twitter said if like Future and Migos had a baby it would be Sneakyy and I was like, ‘I’ll take that. I don’t know if I would compare myself to anything or anyone. But my sound is real feel good music. Not even really hip-hop but just some kind of contemporary version of hip-hop that’s got like a lot of really pop and dance undertones.”

 

Sneakyy is at Bad Boy South Headquarters waiting patiently before he inks his record deal (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Sneakyy is at Bad Boy South Headquarters waiting patiently before he inks his record deal (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

My standout records or moments to date have been: “I put out this song ‘Out My Face’ featuring Rich Home Quan last year. At the time I put out like three songs because for a while I was hella inactive. So I put out different sounding records to see what’s going to be the bigger one. That one skyrocketed. I was like, ‘oh shit, people are fucking with me.’ I started to see it trickle over into my other socials and people were trying to book me for shows because of that one song. That songs entire run lead to me to where I am now, which is inking my deal with Bad Boy.”

My goal in hip-hop is: “To make it better, kind of just encourage people to take their time and be themselves. I’m not trying to be no body or sound like nobody where everybody is the poor’s man version of whoever. I say that out load because I’m just trying to be completely transparent of who I am and encourage to do the same. Be you.”

Sneakyy poses for the camera at Bad Boy South headquarters in Atlanta,GA (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Sneakyy poses for the camera at Bad Boy South headquarters in Atlanta,GA (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

Follow Sneakyy on Twitter and Soundcloud.

D. Best Set to Release Best Wishes Ep

D.Best Best Wishes Ep photoshoot
D.Best Best Wishes Ep photoshoot

Party With the Kid” rapper D.Best will now have a second project to add to his catalog entitled  Best Wishes. “I really apologize for the wait,” the Atlanta rapper said in a Snapchat video on Wednesday night [June 1], “but Best Wishes the Ep will be dropping Friday, July 2nd .” A series of videos on his Snapchat story also featured snippets of the music. Word of the mixtape’s release came mid-April, when Best informed us via Twitter his management wouldn’t let him release his EP until next year. “They’re not allowing me to release another project until January, f*** it Best Wishes,” he said in a tweet. It looks like the project has finally come to fruition and it’ll really be released this July.

Head of artist management at Red Diamonds Darius Jackson says, “the Red Diamonds team decided to go head and invest in pushing this project regardless of what the label No Genre was willing to push it or not.”

 

I linked with the Aurora native before he took stage at Tabernacle for Hot 107.9 Annual Birthdaybash before his premiere performance of his lead single of the  project called “UberEverywhere”. Best released the single via soundcloud and itunes earlier this month and it has already set fire to Atlanta airwaves playing on Hot 107.9, Streetz 94.5 and V-103.

 

D.Best tells us that the same amount of work and dedication he’s previously put into his mixtapes, he’s put into Best Wishes. The versatile musicians says, “I’m relentless at making sure that my music is good music.” He also revealed that he doesn’t have a set-in-stone recording process. Sometimes, some aspects of his songs come before others, while at other times he let’s the music take him where he needs to go. But one thing is for sure, he always goes all out when it comes to creating new music. Best says, “When I’m making music, I don’t really have a recording process. Sometimes I may come up with the hooks and the verses before I find a beat. Sometimes I let the music take me away, and that’s just always been my recording process. I go in, I put 100% into everything that I do.”

 

D.Best musical mentor E.A. Jace who is the co-founder of No Days Off Radio credits D.Best success to his ability to connect with previous legends and translate there qualities in something the newer generation can understand.

Chicago native lays it all out on Best Wishes Ep
Chicago native lays it all out on Best Wishes Ep

Influenced by many greats, such as Nas, Biggie, Andre 3000 and Jay Z Best is claiming his mark as a dynamic southern lyricist with his latest feature on  Sneakyy’s single “Dats My Dawg”. D.Best creates a hardcore 16 bar freestyle verse about his relationships with other artist in the hip hop industry.

 

After getting a sneak preview of the project during an intimate listening session E.A Jace. says, “this is a classic piece of art work that I think will bring something different to the rap game. I’ve watched him out his blood, sweat and tears into this project and I think the streets will love it.”

 

With D.Best reaching a new cusp of his career it looks like he is definitely someone to keep your ears open to. You can follow D.Best on all social media platforms @D.BEST360.

One MusicFest Announces 2016 Line Up

One MusicFest releases 2016 Line Up
One MusicFest releases 2016 Line Up

 

The moment thousands of fans have anxiously been waiting for has arrived. One Music Festival has revealed the first round of artists set to perform at the seventh annual event on September 10, 2016. The festival will bring together the best of urban music at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta. The festival attracts music legends and contemporaries from genres like Rock, Hip Hop, Reggae, Funk, Disco, and Soul.

 

Already earning considerable buzz after adding a second stage this 2016, One MusicFest is continuing the momentum with what promises to be the best lineup yet. Performers include: Wale, SZA, Big Krit ,Kendrick LamarLauryn HillDj Khaled, Janelle Monae, The Roots, A$AP Rocky. Grammy Award nominated artist J.Cole will also launch his new summer line for his Dreamville collection.

 

“We were really happy with the lineup from One MusicFest 2016 but the lineup for 2016 has us over the moon. We constantly challenge ourselves to bring something even better, and this year’s challenge was well worth it,”  says Asia Jeton , who is a promotions coordinator at One MusicFest.

 

Founded by Jason Carter, ONE MusicFest has been one of the Southeast’s largest home-grown musical arts festival to date, including over 10,000 plus attendees. Carter has brought Atlanta music lovers the best and the brightest urban alternative acts and has allowed them to perform in a welcoming, hospitable setting, creating an atmosphere where everyone can enjoy and discover music. This year One MusicFest partners with FestiPay to provide festival goers with a easy and convenient way to make purchases through out festival.

 

2015-2016 migration from festival tickets to digital access cards
2015-2016 migration from festival tickets to digital access cards

With an experience that blends music, live instrumentation, performers, dancers, art, workshops, classes and more, One MusicFest is setting itself up to join the ranks of some of the country’s biggest and best music festivals, such as Coachella and South by Southwest.

 

Tickets are available for as low as $59 for lawn seating. VIP passes, with front row pit access, elevated viewing area, VIP (no line) access, air conditioned chill lounge, bottle service, cocktail service, complimentary champagne toasts, private security, clean trailer bathrooms with running water and air conditioning, giveaways, meet and greets, and more starting at $195 for a day pass. OneMusicFest is an 18 and over event. Visit http://www.onemusicfest.com/ for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/onemusicfestand on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/onemusicfest . For any media inquiries, contact Chad Shearer at Caren West PR at chdavivd@carenwestpr.com or twitter.com/chadavid