A3C Honors 1996 With Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Redman, Too Short & Bun B
This year’s upcoming A3C Festival in Atlanta, Georgia will look back on the year 1996. The five-day event, beginning October 5 on over 75 stages in the city’s Old 4th Ward and surrounding areas, will feature headlining performances by some of the top acts from 20 years ago — all of whom have remained active and successful through the present day. In addition to celebrating the historic year, this “family reunion” will also feature a diverse array of today’s most prominent artists and newcomers from across the Hip Hop spectrum.
Those marquee A3C performances are set to include Cleveland, Ohio five-man collective Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, who would eventually win a Grammy Award in early 1997 for “Tha Crossroads.” Redman, who would release his gold-certified third album Muddy Waters in ’96, will also perform — and bring out Def Squad group mates Erick Sermon and Keith Murray, as well. Too Short, who famously retired with his Top 3 LP Gettin’ It (Album Number Ten) that year, will also bless the stage. The Oakland, California MC would return to albums two years later, and remains active two decades since. Completing the map-themed quartet of ’96-related headliners, from the South is Bun B. With Pimp C in UGK, the pair released their gold-certified Ridin’ Dirty that year. The tribute is sponsored by Mass Appeal, which was founded in ’96.
In a press statement, B.T.N.H. spokesman Krayzie Bone said, “It’s definitely an honor to perform on the 1996 stage. That year we released ‘[Tha] Crossroads’ and basically changed the game. That whole time period of music was thriving at that time, so we plan to bring all that energy to the stage at A3C and are very excited to be apart of this event.”
This year’s A3C will certainly be a mashup of sounds, generations, regions and styles from over 1,000 artists. In addition to the ’96 homage, heavyweights like Rick Ross, Cam’ron, Mystikal and Royce Da 5’9” will perform, as well as underground veterans like Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Skyzoo & Torae (Barrel Brothers), J-Live, and Rapper Big Pooh. Even some relative newcomers like 21 Savage and Young Dolph will grace the stages.
Other billed events from A3C will include a screening of Fab 5 Freddy’s famous trip to Organized Noize’s Dungeon Studios, during the earliest days of Outkast and Goodie Mob. No Limit Records founder Master P will host a keynote conversation. There will also be a reunion (care of a panel) of Puff Daddy’s famed “Hitmen” for Bad Boy Records. This lineup will include Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie, Nasheim Myrick, and duo Sean C. & LV. Together and collectively, this outfit was responsible for producing hits by The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy & The Family, Jay Z, and The LOX, among many others.
On Wednesday (October 5) at 5pm, Ambrosia For Heads founder Reggie Williams will be appearing on a panel, “More Than A Blog: Managing An Independent Media Company.” Moderated by Tai Saint-Louis, other speakers in the event include DJ T-GUT of AudioMack, Brian Young of TheShadeRoom, and Aaron Dolores of Mixologi.
The festival will host some producer/DJ-centered events, as well. For example, Mr. DJ will reflect on Outkast’s ATLiens 20 years later. In addition to his vast solo credits (and scratches on the album), Mr. DJ joins Outkast in production trio Earthtone III (a/k/a Earthtone Ideas). There will also be a performance by acclaimed turntablist crew The Beat Junkies and a producer showcase judged by Streetrunner, Needlz, and Focus.
Ticketing and additional events and information are available at A3C’s website. Below are the full roster of artists and and speakers, as confirmed by organizers:
Rick Ross, 21 Savage, Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, YFN Lucci, Bun B, Cam’ron, Young Dolph, Royce 5’9”, Redman with Def Squad’s Erick Sermon and Keith Murray, Too Short, Stalley, The Beat Junkies, Mystikal, Cousin Stizz, Sonny Digital, Kweku Collins, Dave B, Masego, Zaytoven, Silkk The Shocker, Casey Veggies, Sosamann, Tate Kobang, Kilo Ali, Deniro Ferrar, K.A.A.N., Distortedd, Bae Worldwide, DJ Holiday, Rob $tone, DJ Nabs, WERC CREW, Zoey Dollaz, DJ Toomp, Yung Simmie, G Herbo, innanet james, J-LIVE, Snootie Wild, Jerreau, Kap G, Alex Wiley, Miya Bailey, Tall Black Guh, Nick Grant, OJ da Juiceman, Planet Asia, PnB Rock, Scotty ATL, Skeme, Skippa da Flippa, Ras Kass, DJ Rasta Root, DJ Nobody, Smokepurpp, Chase N. Cashe, Apollo Brown & Skyzoo, Rapper Big Pooh, Torae, and more.
Master P, Troy Carter, Bad Boy’s The Hitmen, Anthony Saleh, Organized Noize, Ambrosia For Heads‘ Reggie Williams, XXL’s Vanessa Satten, Jonathan Mannion, Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua, Reggie ‘Combat Jack’ Osse, Ashley Outrageous, Fab 5 Freddy, Highsnobiety’s Jeff Carvalho, Azae, Pandora’s Justin Boland, Justin Hunte (HipHopDX), BET’s Yomi Desalu, Havas’ Jason M. Peterson, DJ Jelly, MLB’s Corey Smith, Spotify’s Tuma Basa, Daddy-O, Sprite’s James Cuthbert, Aaron Reid, Complex’s Dan Resnick, Dante Ross, James Andrews of SMASHD, Morehouse’s David Wall Rice, Demont Callender, DJ Toomp, Kwanza Hall, Dillard’s Walter Kimbrough, Focus…, Fuse of 808 Mafia, Jeff Sledge, Jose Cuello, Joshua “M16” Banks, Keinon Johnson, Hip Hop Wired’s Maurice Garland, Robert Glasper, Shanti Das, Smitti Boi, Sound Oracle, Reebok’s Steve DiCecco, and more.
Additional Reporting by Elvin Sabla.